Agra, Oct 10: Taj Mahal was rightly kept out of the tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh and should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath peeth, a cabinet minister of the state Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary. Minister in charge of religious affairs and culture said that keeping out Taj Mahal from the UP tourism booklet was a necessary step as the present Uttar Pradesh government is rashtravadi (nationalist) and runs on dharma niti (religious policy), reported TOI.
Taj Mahal is not a symbol of any religion and it is nobody’s, Chaudhary was reported as saying by TOI. Chaudhary was speaking at an event by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Justifying his comments that Taj Mahal should be replaced with Gorakhnath peeth, he said that Gorakhnath peeth “represents people’s faith” while the UNESCO heritage site doesn’t represent any religion.