Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture, says loud-mouthed Sangeet Som

New Delhi, Oct 16: The ugly controversy around the iconic Taj Mahal, also one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has emerged again. This time after BJP's Sangeet Som says,'Many were sad when Taj Mahal was removed from historical places.What history? Its creator wanted to wipe out Hindus'

Not long ago, there was lot of criticism when Taj Mahal -- one of the seven wonders of the world -- had been excluded in the latest booklet issued by the state tourism department.

Amid criticism for allegedly ignoring the Taj Mahal in its tourism plans, Uttar Pradesh tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, in a bid to save face, had said the monument was "our cultural heritage". Her comments came after reports in some sections of the media had said that the Taj Mahal -- one of the seven wonders of the world -- had been excluded in the latest booklet issued by the state tourism department. "Taj Mahal is our cultural heritage and occupies a place among the world's famous tourist places," the 68-year-old minister had said. In an official statement issued by the UP government, Joshi said, "Holistic development of the cultural heritage and that of infrastructural facilities is the priority of the state government."  But Sangeet Som's controversial statement has once again stirred the hornet's nest.

News24Bureau with Agencies