PM Modi lays foundation of Maharaja Mahendra Pratap Singh university in Aligarh
Aligarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the university named after Jat King Maharaja Mahendra Pratap Singh, who donated land for Aligarh Muslim University.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
The University is being established by the State Government in memory and honour of the great freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. The University is being set up in a total area of over 92 acres at village Lodha and village Musepur Kareem Jarouli of Aligarh’s Kol tehsil. It will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh Division.
The establishment of the university is viewed as outreach by the BJP and PM Modi to the Jat community in Western Uttar Pradesh ahead of assembly elections in 2022.
According to a CSDS survey, BJP polled 77 per cent Jat votes in Western UP in the 2014 election and 91% in the 2019 election. In Haryana, the survey indicated, BJP had secured only 19% of the Jat votes, the rest having gone to INC and INLD in 2014. But there too in 2019 the BJP vote share among Jats had gone up to 50 per cent.