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    Yogi Adityanath does not include the Taj Mahal as a tourist destination

    In June of this year, Yogi Adityanath unpacked a major headline and buffed his perception as a hardline Hindu priest when he said that the monument to the love of the 17th century, which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, does not reflect the Indian culture ; he claimed this is why foreign VIPs are gifted copies of the Gita and the Ramayana now by government officials instead of replicas of the Taj.

    Opposition leaders said the new pamphlet proves that the UP government is discriminating against Muslims and is trying to rule out any part of the cultural heritage of India that is not Hindu. "The exclusion of the Taj Mahal shows the mindset of the BJP government," said Rajendra Chaudhary of the Samajwadi party crushed in the March election by the BJP. "The monument has no connection with caste and community," he said, noting that it must be preserved and appreciated as a national treasure.The State Tourism Department has said that the Taj Mahal is not neglected or marginalized. "The brochure has only been released for a press conference and is not a guide for the UP tourism spots, it lists new and upcoming projects of the UP Tourism Department and new areas of focus.There are many ongoing UP Tourism projects the Taj Mahal - a Taj Agra Fort Linkage project and a development project, among others, "said Avanish Awasthi, a senior official of the UP Tourism Department.

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