Adityanath visits Taj, sweeps over filth

ANI | Updated: Oct 26, 2017 15:20 IST

Adityanath visits Taj, sweeps over filth .

Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday visited the Taj Mahal in Agra .

This was his maiden visit to the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, after being sworn into office earlier this year .

Adityanath picked up the broom as he arrived at the monument . He swept a small area outside the Taj off the filth .

His visit gains prominence as it comes against the backdrop of the controversial statement made by BJP MLA Sangeet Som regarding the status of the 17th-century monument in India's culture .

Over 14,000 policemen were deployed across Agra in view of Adityanath's visit .

The Chief Minister, however, had shrugged off the statement stating that "it does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers" .

The chief minister is also scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the development of a tourist pathway from the Taj Mahal to the Agra Fort and inaugurate various development projects in the city . (ANI)