Taj Mahal India’s pride; those against it are anti-national: Rana

Rana said those “generating passions against historical monuments including Taj Mahal are anti-national.”

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Jammu, Publish Date: Oct 23 2017 1:07AM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2017 1:07AM
Taj Mahal India’s pride; those against it are anti-national: RanaFile Photo

National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday described Taj Mahal as “India’s pride”, saying the heritage monument is not only one of the seven wonders of the world but stands tall as shining symbol of the nation’s diversity.

Rana said those “generating passions against historical monuments including Taj Mahal are anti-national.”

“The BJP’s blistering attack on the 17th century architectural marvel at some level and subsequent defensive posturing at the other level is deceptive, as its leaders are testing waters in order to make the historic monuments as their poll plank in the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Karnatka besides one of the core issues in 2019 general elections”, Rana, according to a statement, said while addressing people at various places in Nagrota Assembly Constituency during his day-long visit.

He said the comment of a controversial MLA from Uttar Pradesh cannot be brushed under the carpet and should not be underestimated as “it appears to be a well planned strategy to exploit similar other issues for dividing Indian society on communal lines.”

He said this is a “warning signal about events to unfold with elections coming nearer.”

He said such utterances were detrimental to the unity of the country and could have serious “ramifications in sensitive states like Jammu and Kashmir, which is passing through a difficult phase.”

“In Jammu and Kashmir, BJP’s partnership with its creation PDP has created havoc with development being pushed to backburner and governance at its lowest ebb”, he said, adding that the opportunistic alliance will indulge in rhetoric and generating passions.