Amid the soaring row over the Taj Mahal, kicked up by some BJP leaders, the CPM-led Kerala government has trod the troll path to hail the historic monument and to take a dig at the Hindutva leaders.
The Kerala Tourism, in its official Twitter handle, termed Taj Mahal an inspiration for millions to discover India.
The tweet accompanied a photo of the ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of river Yamuna in Agra.
The Kerala government’s unusual promotion of a tourist spot outside the state comes after Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Sangeet Som stoked a controversy by questioning the the 17th century architectural marvel’s place in India’s heritage.
Som, the legislator from Sardhana, also distorted history to say that it was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus.
Reacting to Som’s comment which put the BJP on the back foot, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Taj Mahal was a historical monument regardless of the emperor who had built it.
“It is immaterial as to who and how the Taj Mahal was built… It was made by the sweat and blood of Bharat Mata’s sons,” the chief minister said in Gorakhpur.
Latest to join the controversy was BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy who, according to reports, said that he had access to documents that suggest the property where the Taj Mahal was built was stolen by Shah Jahan from the then kings of Jaipur.
Swamy was quoted as saying that the documents also suggested that there was a temple on the property.
“It is still not clear whether Taj Mahal was built after the demolition of the temple,” Swamy reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Haryana BJP minister Anil Vij termed the monument a beautiful graveyard.
Senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar had said a Lord Shiva temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ was converted into amausoleum by Shah Jahan.