Communalism, dividing society on the line of religion and creating enmity between Hindus and Muslims seem to be the basic principle of the BJP. Communal riots on the eve of elections are a godsend opportunity for the party to polarize votes and win the elections. Muzaffarnagar communal violence just ahead of the 2014 election is the best example to see the strategy of the party. BJP leaders were allegedly involved in these riots and violence was exploited by the party to sweep the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and consequently it got absolute majority with the help of the UP votes. Otherwise, it was next to impossible. BJP never forgets the services of its leaders when it comes to reward them. Sangeet Som is one of the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots and he was given ticket in the UP elections and he got elected. Now he is in the eye of storm with his controversial remarks on Muslim rule in India and particularly on Taj Mahal which is the globally prestigious site of Indian heritage. Many right-wing writers and BJP leaders created controversies on Taj Mahal and it was even claimed that it was actually a temple and a Raja presented it to the Moghal king Shah Jahan. The government was asked to clear its stand and the matter is being reviewed. Against this backdrop, no serious person will rake-up the issue. But in election season, for the BJP it is a poll compulsion to bring communal issues to the fore for polarization of votes.
With this point of view, UP MLA Sangeet Som recreated the row on October 16 and said Taj Mahal was a blot on Indian history because the rule of Mughal kings was barbaric and extremely intolerant. He was speaking about the controversy that cropped up when the UP government did not print the picture of Taj Mahal in UP’s official tourism handbook. When the state was criticized, the Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath said Taj remained the integral part of the state and Indian cultural heritage. Sangeet Som even ignored the comment of the CM and said the monument was a blot on Indian history. The row has been raised only to polarize the votes of majority community in the states that are going to polls. The irony of the circumstances is that some other BJP leaders backed Sangeet Som and lauded his comments.
The MLA blasted the Moghal rule but proved that he is ignorant of Indian history. He said the one who built Taj Mahal imprisoned his father. On the contrary, Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, was put in detention by his son Aurangzeb. When those who are as ignorant of history as an eggshell of hair commenting on kingdoms, one may think about the capability and calibre of leaders and legislators belonging to the BJP. It seems Sangeet Som was tutored by some ill-informed person. He repeated the story thinking that he was performing the duty of polarizing the voters in the poll-bound states.