[Prince William and Princess Kate posing with Taj Mahal (file photo)]
Mumbai: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday jumped into the ugly debate stirred by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over Mughal heritage and Taj Mahal.
The response of Asaduddin Owaisi and Omar Abdullah came after BJP lawmaker and one of the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots Sangeet Som justified removal of Taj Mahal from Uttar Pradesh Tourist booklet saying the monument was built by "traitors" and does not represent the Indian culture.
"No more Red Fort speeches on 15th August? “The PM will address the nation from Nehru Stadium” will fill some hearts with unabashed glee", National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.
No more Red Fort speeches on 15th August? “The PM will address the nation from Nehru Stadium” will fill some hearts with unabashed glee. https://t.co/TOx6vIO1nx— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 16, 2017
In another tweet, Abdullah wrote, "Need a place in Delhi for the audience. Most decent places built by either traitorous Mughals or Brits (sic). I went with JLN Stadium. You choose?"
In his comments, AIMIM Chief and Hyderabad MP dared Prime Minister Modi to stop hoisting tricolour from the Red Fort.
"Traitors"also build (sic) Red Fort will MODI stop hoisting Tiranga? Can MODI & YOGI tell domestic & foreign tourists not to visit TAJ MAHAL?" Owaisi wrote on Twitter.
BJP lawmaker and accused in Muzaffarnagar riots Sangeet Som while citing criticism over omission of Taj Mahal from UP tourist booklet stirred a controversy by saying Taj Mahal, one of the Wonders of the world, was built by "traitors" and is a "blot on Indian culture".
"Many people were worried that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of historical places in the UP tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The man who built Taj Mahal imprisoned his father.
"He wanted to massacre Hindus. If this is history, then it is very unfortunate and we will change this history, I guarantee you" Sangeet Som said at a rally in Meerut on Sunday.