The Chief Minister said India is proud of Taj Mahal. "In our state, we have the Victoria Memorial. We are proud of that. Even Parliament was built in the British period. The offices of the ministers -- North Block, South Block - were built by them..."
Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, the Taj had been dragged into a huge political row after it was dropped from a brochure of the Uttar Pradesh tourism. Earlier, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said the monument does not reflect Indian culture.
Today, Ms Banerjee said it was a "political agenda" of the BJP. "I strongly condemn it. And how a government can exclude Taj Mahal from its tourism brochure, I do not know," she said.
The reference is seen to be to the frequent questioning of her party leaders in connection with the Narada sting operation in the recent weeks. "They (the BJP) are behaving like we are fools and they are the clever people. This is not democracy. This is dictatorship, autocracy," she said.
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