NEW DELHI: The AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi had a stinging response today to a BJP MLA saying the Taj Mahal was built by a “traitor” – “Traitors also built Red Fort, will Modi stop hoisting Tiranga (tricolour) (from there)”?
Owaisi took it one further and asked if the PM would also stop hosting foreign dignitaries at the Capital’s iconic Hyderabad House, because that, too, was built by “traitors”.
Earlier in the day, a video surfaced of Sangeet Som, a UP BJP legislator, saying the Taj Mahal isn’t part of Indian culture and shouldn’t be either, because the man who built it, Shah Jahan, “tried to wipe out Hindus”. He added that Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb were “traitors”.
The AIMIM’s Owaisi wasn’t the only person critical of Som’s comments. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the National Conference (NC) also slammed Som.
NC leader Omar Abdullah wondered if people looked forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day from New Delhi’s Nehru Stadium instead of from the ramparts of the Red Fort.