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Taj Mahal can be a symbol of 'love' but not of 'worship' as most Mughals were 'aiyaash,' says UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman
Amid the furore and heated arguments surrounding the Taj Mahal, the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, Syed Waseem Rizvi on Tuesday too jumped into the raging debate saying that the monument cannot be considered as a symbol of "worship," further claiming that "most Mughals were 'aiyaash'" or 'dissipated.'

"The Taj Mahal can be a symbol of love but not of worship. Apart from one or two, most Mughals were 'aiyaash'. Muslims don't consider them idols," Waqf Board Chairman Rizvi was quoted as saying by ANI.

Expressing his view over the construction of Lord Ram's statue in Ayodhya, the Chairman wondered why there was an issue for this holy idol. "No one opposed when Mayawati built her own statues, don't understand why is there issue over making Ram statue," he said.

Rizvi also observed that the statue would be "a good step as Ayodhya is centre of Hindu heritage".

His statement comes a day after BJP MLA Sangeet Som made a derogatory remark on the Taj Mahal.

Som, while addressing a public rally had asked, "Many were sad when the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of historical places. What kind of history? What place's history? Whose history? The history that the man who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? The history that he wanted to wipe out the Hindus from all of Uttar Pradesh and India?"

On the other hand, a day after Sangeet Som's controversial comments, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unequivocally said the historical monument was Indian.

Contradicting Som's statements, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "It does not matter who built it (Taj Mahal) and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers."

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