In a shocking development, the Uttar Pradesh government led by UP CM Yogi Adityanath has omitted popular tourist destination Taj Mahal from official booklet released by state’s tourism ministry. The UP government has released the booklet in a bid to promote famous tourist areas in Uttar Pradesh. The booklet reportedly has Ganga Aarti from Varanasi as its cover image.
While listing the popular tourist destinations in the state, the tourism ministry has mentioned temples from Mathura, Ayodhya and Gorakhpur but has decided to drop one of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal. It must be noted that thousands of tourists from across the globe thrive to this spot and the tomb earns a huge amount of revenue for the government.
Even though the reason for dropping the tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal is not known yet, the move has sparked a fresh row and triggered criticism on social media. Here’s how the Twitterati responded:
By removing TAJ Mahal as tourist destination in its official tourism booklet, Yogi govt is making itself a laughing stock globally. A joke !
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 2, 2017
23% of tourists to India travel to the Taj Mahal, yet it isn’t in UPTDC booklet? _ https://t.co/DnEXwg45N3
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) October 2, 2017
Taj Mahal is not a tourist destination anymore. Yogi should declare Gorakhpur as one. Citizens should know how their tax money is wasted.
— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) October 2, 2017
In the UP govt’s new tourism booklet, the Taj Mahal is not listed as a tourist attraction. How does one even react to this insanity
— Poonam Saxena (@PoonamSaxena_) October 2, 2017
Taj Mahal is a symbol of love. What do you expect from a party that thrives on hatred? I am not surprised. https://t.co/TuxogeNN8l
— Tesla (@teslaholic) October 2, 2017
— Binal Pandya (@binal26) October 2, 2017
The UP govt can cry hoarse not acknowledging the Taj Mahal as one of the seven wonders of the world.The fact is no one believes them ____ https://t.co/ImKcYHOasi
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) October 2, 2017
This is just a start. We will dismantle the Taj Mahal and use the marble to build the toilets of Rama Mandiram in Ayodhya. https://t.co/lXxHGnc1pI
— Sheikh ben Afflecki (@paynchOm) October 2, 2017
Meanwhile, the state government has reportedly clarified that the pictures of Taj Mahal will be added in the booklet.
Earlier this year, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had stated that even though Taj Mahal was a famous tourist destination it was not a part of our culture and Gita, Ramayana was a part of the Indian culture. Taj Mahal, a UNESCO world heritage site, is one of the iconic destinations listed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission.
Taj Mahal was also left out of the UP budget heritage plan drawing huge criticism against the Yogi Adityanath government.
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