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Forts are symbols of our heritage, it’s our duty keep them safe and clean: PM Modi

Earlier, BJP leader Sangeet Som had called the Taj Mahal a “blot” on Indian culture, to justify the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government’s move to remove Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism booklet.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2017 16:33 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the logo to mark the launch of “Preserve the Mother Earth and Transfer to the Next Generation” programme at Ujire in Karnataka on Sunday. Union ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar and other dignitaries are also seen. (PTI)

Amid the ongoing controversy over the historic Taj Mahal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said forts were symbols of heritage and it was the duty of all the countrymen to keep them safe and clean.

In his his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi appreciated the transformation of Chandarpur fort in Maharashtra in a 200-day cleanliness campaign and urged the people to look after their historical heritage.

“...Forts are symbols of our heritage. And it is the duty of all to keep their historical heritage safe and clean,” he said.

Earlier, BJP leader Sangeet Som had called the Taj Mahal a “blot” on Indian culture, to justify the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government’s move to remove Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism booklet.

The history wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - Akhil Bhartiya Itihaas Sankalan Samiti’s Secretary Balmukund Pandey in a television interview demanded that Friday prayers at the Taj Mahal should be banned.

Yogi Adityanath visited the Taj city on Thursday, a step seen as a damage control exercise after a series of controversial statements by some leaders and ministers from his party.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 16:32 IST