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Monday, 16 October 2017 - 18:05
Indian lawmaker says 'Taj Mahal built by traitors'
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A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has called the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" built by "traitors".

Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, was addressing supporters in the city of Meerut.

The remarks, which come weeks after the famous mausoleum was excluded from an Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet, have sparked shock and outrage online.

"Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father?

"Do you call it a history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?

"If this is history, then it is very unfortunate and we will change this history, I guarantee you."

Shah Jahan, the Muslim Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his favourite wife in 1643, did not imprison his father.

He was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb until his death.

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