Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party president Lakshmikant Bajpayee during a party meet in Vrindavan. File photo
Lakshmikant Bajpayee was responding to the alleged demand of Azam Khan that the Taj should be handed over the the State Wakf Board.
A part of Taj Mahal was part of an ancient temple, claimed Lakshmikant Bajpayee, BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday.
He also claimed that a substantial part of Taj Mahal was part of a palace which was owned by King Jai Singh from whom Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had bought the land when he decided to build one of the seven wonders of the world. The temple was part of the portion Shah Jahan bought from the Hindu king, added Mr. Bajpayee.
“A part of the Taj Mahal was ancient Tejo Mahalaya temple’s land. I am not saying this in air but there are documents to prove this,” he said.
Mr. Bajpayee argued that a building which was earlier a temple can anyways be not part of Wakf.
He was responding to the alleged demand of Azam Khan that the Taj should be handed over the the State Wakf Board.
“The properties of Wakf Board are in a pathetic state. Azam’s demand of handing over the Taj Mahal to Wakf Board is ridiculous,” maintained Mr. Bajpayee.
When asked if the state BJP is going to do anything to reclaim the temple which he claims was a part of the Taj Mahal, he said, “There is no question of raising the temple issue which was settled between Jai Singh and Shah Jahan. The Hindu king had shifted the temple before selling off the building.