UP minister demands control of Taj Mahal
UP minister demands control of Taj Mahal, The Taj Mahal may be the next political battleground between Uttar Pradesh and the Centre.
Agra: The Taj Mahal may be the next political battleground between Uttar Pradesh and the Centre. UP’s Urban Development and Minority Affairs Minister Azam Khan has said that the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, should be declared a property of the state’s Waqf Board.
Azam, who is also waqf minister of the state, had said on November 13 that the Taj Mahal should be declared a waqf property and that he should be given its charge.
Meanwhile, Lucknow Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli, who has been close to the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), asked the Chief Minister to throw open the monument to Muslims.
“We should be allowed to offer prayers at the Taj Mahal five times a day. We have handed over a memorandum to the chief minister and he has taken it positively,” he said at the gathering.
CM Akhilesh Yadav, on other hand, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make e-ticketing arrangements for visitors to the 17th century monument as soon as possible.
Akhilesh said: “Domestic and international tourists are forced to stand in serpentine queues for hours at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) windows to purchase tickets. The state government has held several meetings with the officers of the Union culture ministry. The minister of state for tourism had also announced that the e-ticketing provision would start this year but nothing has been done thereafter.”
He also said that the security at the monument, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as an epitome of his love for wife Mumtaz Mahal, should match that at an airport. Moreover, ASI should open more ticket windows to boost tourism.