Indian Muslim cleric blasts BJP for calling Mughals traitors

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Indian Muslim cleric blasts BJP for calling Mughals traitors

NEW DELHI - All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday tore into the BJP for comments made by its MLA.

Som earlier in the day said that the Taj Mahal was built by a traitor. “What history are we talking about? The creator of Taj Mahal (Shahjahan) imprisoned his father. He wanted to wipe out Hindus. If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history," he said. While the BJP government in UP clarified that the monument is a part of "our proud heritage", Owaisi took the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Comments from a top leader of the party cannot be seen as his personal comments. He represents the party and so do his comments," he said.

"If whatever MLA Sangeet Som has said is true then why does Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoist a flag on the Red Fort on a place which is built by traitors? My question to the party is - Will Prime Minister Modi stop hoisting the flag after this statement?"