Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has clarified that the Taj Mahal is an integral part of our heritage and it can not be ignored. His statement comes a few days after controversy was raked over non-inclusion of the Taj Mahal in a UP government booklet released to mark six months of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in Uttar Pradesh on October 2. He further said that the entire issue was the ‘handiwork of vested interests’, a report states.
The booklet, which was released by UP Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna to promote tourist spots in the state and includes the Gorakhpur temple of which the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the main priest.
Claiming that Taj Mahal as an integral part of the heritage, Adityanath said that the monument remains a priority for the conservation and attracting tourists. “Just because the Taj was not mentioned it doesn’t mean it is being ignored. The government has already allocated funds for its conservation,” said Adityanath.
Taj Mahal has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in June but it was not included in the list of heritages that will be preserved by the Uttar Pradesh government
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