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telegraphindia.com 14 Sep, 2021 02:15 am

UP: Modi tapping socialist's legacy to pacify Jats is ironical

UP: Modi tapping socialist's legacy to pacify Jats is ironical
The Prime Minister is scheduled to lay the foundation for the Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh on Tuesday

UP: Modi tapping socialist's legacy to pacify Jats is ironical The Prime Minister is scheduled to lay the foundation for the Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh on Tuesday Modi will inaugurate the university in Aligarh on Tuesday Telegraph picture | Published 14.21, 02:51 AM The BJP’s attempt to appropriate the legacy of freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh to woo the powerful Jat community ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections is steeped in irony because the Jat leader was a “proclaimed socialist”, a senior historian told The Telegraph.“He (Mahendra Pratap) is being portrayed as a Jat icon as the community’s votes are slipping out of the BJP’s hands,” historian S.” He noted that Mahendra Pratap had defeated Jana Sangh candidate Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 1957 Lok Sabha polls as an Independent candidate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation for the Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh on Tuesday.The city is home to the Aligarh Muslim University, a central university which the BJP accuses of ignoring Mahendra Pratap, considered an alumnus of sorts and a benefactor.

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