After being questioned and getting flak from people from all parts of the country as to why did UP Govt dropped Taj Mahal from its tourism booklet, UP Government has stated that it was not an error to not include in the booklet but a deliberate decision. As per a report in India Today, UP Government has stated that the booklet is not the tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh. It’s a booklet for highlighting the projects undertaken by the new UP Government to spruce up tourist attractions.
The whole controversy started right after the release of a booklet named “Uttar Pradesh Paryatan: Apar Sambhavnayen (Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential)” by the UP Government. The booklet contains information on the work done and the development projects that have been undertaken by the new UP Government in various cities like Mathura, Varanasi, Chitrakoot, Naimisharanya, Ayodhya among others.
After being trolled for leaving Taj Mahal out of the booklet as also being called “communal”, the UP Government released a statement that “The government, with the help of the World Bank, has proposed projects worth Rs 370 crore, of which projects worth Rs 156 crore are meant for development of the Taj Mahal and Taj Mahal region,” (as published in TOI).
Whatever the reason, this sure did give opposition parties a chance to criticize the UP Government.