Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, once again in news for his remarks, at a Darbhanga gathering that gifting replicas of the Taj Mahal or any other minaret to visiting heads of state was not in consonance with Indian culture.
Speaking of the achievements of the Narendra Modi government, Adityanath said on Thursday that he had observed the changes in the country from close quarters. “…Pehle jab bharat ke rashtradhraksha baahar jaate the, wo koi aisi vastu le jaate the jise kaha jaata tha Bharat ka pratik hai, ya jab Bideshi rashtradyaksha Bharat aata tha to gift ke roop me Agra ka Taj Mahal or aisi koi minaar di jaati thi jo Bharat ki sanskriti se bilkul mel nahi khati. Pehli baar aisa hua hai jab Bharat ke pradhanmantri Narendra Modiji bahar jaate hain ya bahar ke rashtradhyaksha yahan aaten hai to unhe Srimad Bhagavad Gita pustak di jaati hai, unhe Ramayan bhent ki jaati hai. Yaad rakhna agar kisi ko Ramayan bhent ki jaati hai, usse Mithila ki sanskriti judti dikhai deti hai, uske saath Bihar ka itihas judta dikhai deta hai….
Responding to Adityanath’s remarks, JD(U)’s national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “I would say Taj Mahal is as beautiful as Benares or Amritsar. Adityanath has been attempting communal polarisation with such frivolous and provocative statements, but he will never succeed.
The BJP defended Adityanath’s remarks, Former leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav, who shared the dais with Yogi, said: “What Adityanath meant is that anything that is 400-500 years old cannot represent Indian culture in the manner Gita or Ramayana can. It was a plain statement. Is talking of Ramayana communal?”
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