The UP government received a lot of flak after Taj Mahal did not feature in the tourism pamphlet released by the government. Further, BJP MLA Sangeet Som's comment on Taj Mahal also sparked debate.
Speaking on Taj Mahal, the chief minister said that the development of all spiritual and heritage tourism spots in India should be carried out.
When asked about the recent Taj Mahal controversy, CM Yogi Adityanath said he believes that no stone should be left unturned in developing any spiritual or heritage tourism spot in India. "Instead of criticising it, we should plan its development in such a way that it boosts its tourism", the UP CM said in an exclusive interview .
He also said that we should not focus on when was Taj Mahal made or who committed what sin. "We should focus on increasing it tourism as it is linked with India's inheritance".
But CM Yogi Adityanath also thinks that Taj Mahal is a product of the hard work of Indian labourers and farmers. "The Indian labourers and farmers have invested their money, blood and sweat so how can we give the credit of their hard work to someone else."
"After all, Indians artists have worked on its architecture and if through this we can improve tourism then why not? We should give security and facilities to the tourists", he added.
He assured that this development work will not only be limited to Taj Mahal but other sites as well.
Reacting to the comments made by BJP MLA Sangeet Som, the UP CM said that he does not have anything to say to such people. He said that his government is focused on working towards development and will do whatever is beneficial for Uttar Pradesh.
"If we are working in Chitrakoot then we will also work in Taj Mahal as its tourism will give employment opportunities to our youth", he said.
Making a revelation on the Ayodhya dispute , Adityanath said that both parties have shown an interest in sorting the dispute. Stressing on the need to reach a settlement on the Ayodhya issue, Adityanath said that though both the parties have shown intent to sort the issue, I've advised them to draft the terms of the settlement and then approach the government.
This comment comes in light of the parties creating trouble whenever an attempt for an out of court settlement was made. One party walked out of the settlement talks, said the chief minister.
"Previously, as well, whenever the government tried to act as a middleman in the issue, one or the other party did not let the settlement go forward", said Adityanath.
The Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case will be heard by the Supreme Court on December 5. The case has around 10,000 documents in Urdu, Pali, Sanskrit Arabic and Persian dating back to the 16th century, dating back to the 16th century, which needed to be translated. The duty to translate these documents has been given to the UP government.
Adityanath further stressed that the government wants that a settlement is reached in the case and public sentiment is also respected.
"The UP government isn't a party in the case but if the two parties want to reach a settlement by mutual discussion, the government is ready to mediate," said Adityanath, "but if a settlement is not reached we'll wait for the court's decision".