Lucknow, Jun 28: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday said that Taj Mahal is a Shiv Temple while asserting that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told him this. He also claimed that he is ready to demolish the monument.Also Read - Lata Mangeshkar's Birth Anniversary: Ayodhya Chowk Named After Legendary Singer With Giant Veena Scripture on Display

“Taj Mahal is a Shiv Temple, Yogi Ji (UP CM) and many other people told me this. I am the kind of Muslim who walk with Yogi Ji & will also get 10-20 thousand other Muslims along, to demolish Taj Mahal,” Khan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Issues SOPs For Cremation: Placing Bodies On Roads Banned

As per reports, he also said that the first hit on Taj Mahal will be done by Adityanath while the second one by him. Also Read - Prayagraj: 4 Dead, 8 Injured As Roof Of House Collapses Due To Heavy Rain

Last year in October, Khan had stated that along with the Red Fort, Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Taj Mahal was a symbol of slavery.

In the same month, a controversy was sparked after several youths were caught reciting ‘Shiv Chalisa’ inside the premises of the Taj Mahal.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vinay Katiyar had come out in support of the act, saying that it should not be condemned as there were many signs that show the UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally a Shiv Temple.