Yogi Adityanath seeks to shed 'communal' tag?

Yogi Adityanath seeks to shed 'communal' tag?

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took a jibe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his visit to the famous Taj Mahal, saying it is Lord Rama's "kamaal" (wonder). That's about half the foreign tourists who visited Agra.

Adityanath then entered a park on the premises before getting his pictures clicked with foreign tourists and stepping inside the mausoleum.

To address the shortage of drinking water in Agra, the chief minister said a rubber check dam would be built near the Taj Mahal that would not only solve the scarcity of drinking water supply but also be good for the monument's conservation. Over 14,000 policemen were deployed across the city and four helipads set up in various parts of the city for his helicopter to land.

After Som's comments, though, Adityanath had tried to make amends, telling a rally in Gorakhpur that the Taj was the "pride of India" and a "world-class monument".

Countering Som, Adityanath said it does not matter who or why the Taj was built, the fact is it was built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers.

Days later, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar alleged the mausoleum had been built over a Shiva temple.

Almost seven lakh foreign tourists visited the Taj Mahal a year ago.

The BJP leader, however, snubbed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Yogi Adityanath soon after his contentious remarks.

Locals are hoping that the Chief Minister will unfold a package for infrastructural development of Agra and soothe frayed tempers ignited by a series of controversial statements by politicians on the Taj Mahal. "And now the CM is cleaning West Gate of Taj Mahal with a "jhadu" (broom)", Yadav told reporters in Lucknow. We can also develop an global airport here (Agra).

Adityanath spent an hour at the Taj before attending an Archaeological Survey of India presentation at a government hotel and honouring a group of schoolchildren who had participated in a painting contest on the Taj.

"We don't divide people by caste or religion before planning growth".

"My opponents questioned me when I went to Ayodhya, Chitrakoot and Kashi (Varanasi)".

"With the assistance of the World Bank, we have launched several developmental projects worth Rs 370 crore to promote tourism in Agra". Adityanath on Thursday announced that the civil terminal in Agra is being upgraded to receive flights. They are also questioning me for coming to Agra.

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