- Yogi Adityanath visits Taj Mahal amid controversy over comments over it
- Also tweeted photos of him with tourists
- 2 Union Ministers have written to him over attack on Swiss tourists
"Those people questioning my visit to Agra are people who had divided society on the lines of caste, creed and religion," said the Yogi, whose visit to the Taj included a half-hour stop at the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The 45-year-old, who is a priest from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, also tweeted photos of himself with foreigners at the spectacular marble mausoleum. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Junior Tourism Minister KJ Alphons have written to him expressing concern about an attack on Sunday on a young Swiss couple near the monument.
Bystanders took videos of the couple on their mobile phones as they lay on the ground after the attack.
Yogi Adityanath is now the first BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to have visited the Taj Mahal. In May, his trip to Agra omitted the monument.
Recently, BJP leaders went on a verbal rampage against the Taj, with Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the state, alleging it was built by "traitors" who wanted to eliminate all Hindus.
After that, the Taj did not feature in a document released by the UP government to highlight top tourist spots in the state. As the controversy surged, the Chief Minister sought to rein it in, saying at a public meeting that it had built with "the sweat and blood" of Indians. His visit to the monument was promptly scheduled after that.
The opposition has described the commentary of the BJP leaders against the Taj, one of the seven wonders of the world, as designed to divide Hindus and Muslims in the country's most-populous state.