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Yogi Adityanath in Agra LIVE: Taj Mahal Was Built by the Labourers of India, says CM

News18.com | October 26, 2017, 4:58 PM IST
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After undertaking his maiden visit to Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says controversy over the 17th century is “unwarranted” as it was built by the labourers of India. Yogi is the first BJP CM of Uttar Pradesh to tour the monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The visit assumes significance in the wake of controversial statements made by BJP MLA Sangeet Som and MP Vinay Katiyar against the ‘monument of love’.

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Oct 26, 2017 4:45 pm (IST)

“We believe in Athithi Devo Bhava for both Indian and foreign tourists,” says Yogi and adds that the government is trying to improve the connectivity to Agra. “Indian and foreign tourists are all equal to us as 'atithis'. We believe in atithi devobhava. So we have to take strict action in the Fatehpur Sikri case,” says Yogi Adityanath.

Oct 26, 2017 4:40 pm (IST)

In damage control mode after the attack, the Uttar Pradesh CM said the state government will formulate a new police strategy to provide security to tourists. The brutal attack on the young Swiss couple has caused outrage all over and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also sought a report from the UP government.

Oct 26, 2017 4:36 pm (IST)

Yogi Adityanath says he is committed to the safety of tourists after the attack on a Swiss couple in Fetehpur Sikri.

Oct 26, 2017 3:22 pm (IST)

Inner ring road will be ready soon...We are trying to complete the schemes which were left pending by the previous government, says Yogi Adityanath 

Oct 26, 2017 3:20 pm (IST)

Don't discuss who build Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by labourers of India, says Yogi Adityanath

Oct 26, 2017 12:11 pm (IST)


Yogi Adityanath click pictures with foreign tourists. 

Oct 26, 2017 12:07 pm (IST)
Oct 26, 2017 11:50 am (IST)
Oct 26, 2017 11:43 am (IST)

Yogi Adityanath is the first BJP CM of UP to visit the monument of love. According to his programme, Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby. His decision to visit the Taj Mahal was announced after a series of controversies erupted, beginning with a UP tourism department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the state.

Oct 26, 2017 11:42 am (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address a public rally at 12:30 pm at GIC ground.

Oct 26, 2017 11:35 am (IST)

After his mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activists and social workers around the west gate of the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at The Taj Mahal.  Yogi Adityanath is the first BJP CM of UP to visit the monument of love. A senior police officer told PTI that more than 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of the CM. The monument is open for tourists and the entry will be allowed as per the routine process. The security has been stepped up, he said. 

Oct 26, 2017 11:34 am (IST)
Oct 26, 2017 11:28 am (IST)

Donning a mask and wielding a broom, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath swept a parking area outside the Taj Mahal today, days after his BJP leaders and ministers made provocative statements against the 17th century monument. Yogi accompanied by dozens of officials and police commandos wore yellow gloves, a white cap and an anti- pollution mask to sweep litter at the west gate of the Taj Mahal along with 500 BJP members.

Oct 26, 2017 10:27 am (IST)

After his mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activists and social workers around the west gate of the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath heads towards The Taj Mahal.  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the first BJP CM of UP to visit the monument of love. A senior police officer told PTI that more than 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of the CM. The monument is open for tourists and the entry will be allowed as per the routine process. The security has been stepped up, he said. 

Oct 26, 2017 10:18 am (IST)

Yogi Adityanath leads a cleanliness drive in the Taj complex.

Oct 26, 2017 10:13 am (IST)


Yogi Adityanath runs the mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activists and social workers around the west gate of the Taj Mahal.

Oct 26, 2017 10:10 am (IST)

Yogi Adityanath wears pollution mask before he begins the mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activists and social workers around the west gate of the Taj Mahal.

Oct 26, 2017 10:08 am (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who landed in the city's Kheria Airport, went to Nangla Paima village and visited the rubber check dam. He also visited Kachhpura village. A senior police officer told PTI that more than 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of the CM. The monument is open for tourists and the entry will be allowed as per the routine process. The security has been stepped up, he said.

Oct 26, 2017 10:07 am (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives in the Taj Mahal against the backdrop of various controversial statements made by some BJP leaders and ministers against the 17th-century monument. Over 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of Adityanath, who arrived in Agra early this morning. Adityanath will be the first BJP CM of UP to visit the monument of love.

Oct 26, 2017 9:44 am (IST)

In what might prove to be a major embarrassment for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his Agra visit on Thursday, a group of youngsters in Fatehpur Sikri harassed and chased a Swiss couple and left them severely injured with a broken skull, a fractured arm and a hearing impairment. The two are currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in New Delhi. 

Oct 26, 2017 9:42 am (IST)

The last time a Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister visited the Taj Mahal was Akhilesh Yadav, more than two years back. That was the Valentine's Day and Akhilesh sat on one of the benches in front of the monument along with his wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav.

Oct 26, 2017 9:37 am (IST)
Oct 26, 2017 9:35 am (IST)

Addressing a rally in Gorakhpur recently, Yogi Adityanath had called Taj Mahal the "pride of India" and referred to it as a "world class monument". This was a significant departure from his remarks at a rally in Bihar last year when he had said that the Taj does not represent Indian culture and that visiting foreign dignitaries should be presented with the Gita rather than replicas of Taj Mahal.

Oct 26, 2017 9:34 am (IST)

Yogi Adityanath’s decision to visit Taj Mahal was announced after a series of controversies erupted, beginning with a UP tourism department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the state. Subsequently, BJP MLA Sangeet Som called Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian history" and BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said it was originally a Shiva temple.

Oct 26, 2017 9:34 am (IST)

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier declared that his government would spend Rs 370 crore on development plans aimed at promoting tourism in Agra, the city of Taj. During the visit, the CM will also inaugurate various development projects in Agra.

Oct 26, 2017 9:33 am (IST)
 

According to the Chief Minister’s programme schedule, Yogi Adityanath will stay for half-an-hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park near the Taj Mahal. He will also run a cleanliness campaign and sweep the area around the Taj Mahal along with 500 Bharatiya Janata Party activists and social workers.

Oct 26, 2017 9:32 am (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reached Agra and is scheduled to visit Taj Mahal shortly, the first BJP CM of UP to tour the 17th-century monument. The visit comes in the wake of controversial statements by BJP lawmakers Sangeet Som and Vinay Katiyar against the ‘monument of love’, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for wife Mumtaz Mahal.

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