PM Modi to lay stone for university named after Jat king who once defeated Atal Bihari Vajpayee Born in a royal family in 1886 in Hathras, Raja Mahendra Pratap, after whom the new university in Aligarh has been named, was a Marxist revolutionary who contested elections as an independent in 1957 and defeated former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then a Jan Sangh candidate, from Mathura.