Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh.
“As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, honest efforts are being made to make the young generation aware of contributions of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and others in our independence struggle,” Prime Minister Modi remarked, also highlighting that the late king allotted land for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
“As a prime minister, I consider it my good fortune that I am laying the foundation stone of a university named after such a visionary,” PM Modi said.
The university is being established by the Uttar Pradesh government in the memory and honour of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the great freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer.
It is being set up in a total area of over 92 acres at Lodha village and Musepur Kareem Jarouli village of Aligarh's Kol tehsil.
The university will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh division.
Talking about the defence corridor, PM Modi said that India is moving ahead with an aim to carve its identity as a global defence exporter, unlike earlier when the country only used to import defence goods.
He also made an analogy between the famous locks of Aligarh and the defence corridor, saying that the city is now contributing towards protection of country's borders as well. PM Modi then announced ₹9000 crore for the development of BrahMos missile at the defence corridor's Lucknow node.
PM Modi said that the double-engine government of Uttar Pradesh is becoming an example for others to emulate. “Today, Uttar Pradesh is becoming a very attractive place for every small and big investor of the country and the world. This happens when the necessary environment for investment is created, necessary facilities are available. Today Uttar Pradesh is becoming a great example of double engine government’s double profit,” said PM Modi.
PM Modi also praised the Yogi Adityanath government and reminded people of the state of alleged scams in Uttar Pradesh and how “governance was handed over to the corrupt”. The PM added that the Yogi Adityanath government is working for UP’s development with utmost honesty.
“There was a time when the administration was run by goons and mafia arbitrarily. But now the extortionists, those running the mafia raj are behind bars,” said PM Modi.
The Prime Minister's visit to Aligarh is being seen as the launch by the ruling BJP of its campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in the country's most populous state, likely to take place early next year.
UP governor Anandiben Patel, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma were among dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
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