Pramod Mahajan: Remembering the late BJP leader in pictures

Oct 30, 2018, 15:33 IST
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    Pramod Mahajan was born on October 30, 1949, to Venkatesh Devidas Mahajan and Prabhavati Venkatesh Mahajan in Mahbubnagar in Telangana in a Deshastha Brahmin family. Pramod Mahajan was the second oldest of five children. He had two brothers Prakash and Pravin, and two sisters Pratibha and Pradnya. All pictures/AFP and Poonam Mahajan Instagram

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    Pramod Mahajan spent his childhood in Ambajogai after the Mahajan family migrated from their home in Mahajan gully in Osmanabad. Pramod Mahajan attended Yogeshwari Vidyalaya and Mahavidyalaya in Beed. Pramod Mahajan studied in Swami Ramanand Teerth College, Ambajogai along with Gopinath Munde. Pramod Mahajan completed journalism at the Ranade Institute for Journalism and went on to do a post-graduate degree in Political Science

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    Pramod Mahajan loved theatre which is where he met his wife Rekha. The couple got married on March 11, 1972. The couple has two children - Rahul Mahajan and Poonam Mahajan

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    Poonam Mahajan is a Member of Parliament from Mumbai North Central and a politician of the BJP. Poonam Mahajan joined the Bhartiya Janta Party as a member of the party following father Pramod Mahajan's death

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    Rahul Mahajan is a former pilot. He appeared as a contestant on reality show Bigg Boss and again in Bigg Boss Halla Bol. Rahul Mahajan is a reality show entertainer

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    Pramod Mahajan worked with the late Gopinath Munde, another senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party for building up BJP in Maharashtra. Munde married to Mahajan's sister Pradnya

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    When the BJP won the Lok Sabha elections of 1996, Pramod Mahajan was appointed Defence Minister in Vajpayee's 13-day ministry. When the BJP returned to power in 1998, he was appointed the adviser to the Prime Minister

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    Pramod Mahajan also handled various ministries including information and broadcasting, parliamentary affairs, water resources, and food processing

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    Pramod Mahajan is credited for being the only person who was capable of making the BJP and the Shiv Sena work together

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    Pramod Mahajan was the BJP's master strategist and the brains behind LK Advani's historic Rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990. Pramod Mahajan was also entrusted with Murali Manohar Joshi's Ekata yatra across India

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  • Pramod Mahajan: Remembering the late BJP leader in pictures

    Pramod Mahajan served on the Rajya Sabha in 1986–92, 1992–96, 1998–2004 and for the last time in 2004. He was elected to the Lok Sabha once in 1996 from Mumbai North East, but lost in 1998. He was succeeded by Congress leader Gurudas Kamat

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    However, Pramod Mahajan's political tenure was not too smooth. Mahajan was at the helm of controversies when he was seen as being close to various lobbyists and corporate houses. During his tenure in the Ministry of Telecom, there were numerous allegations of financial irregularities

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    Later on, there was yet another controversy when Pramod Mahajan's name cropped up in the murder investigation of a female journalist in Delhi. he held a late night press conference. The Delhi police gave clean-chit to the leader

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    Pramod Mahajan managed to sail through these accusations. Pramod Mahajan started the trend of campaigning for votes using the cellphone - a trend that caught on later so much so that other political parties too started networking with voters through SMS and tele-calling

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    When the assembly elections were held in four Indian states in December 2003 – Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Pramod Mahajan was put in charge of Rajasthan. The elections resulted in a massive victory for the BJP

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  • Pramod Mahajan: Remembering the late BJP leader in pictures

    In 2004, Atal Bihari Vajpayee called early elections and asked Pramod Mahajan to helm the campaign. Among the front-ranking leaders of the BJP, Mahajan was the ultimate master strategist and one of its key fundraisers. He was the architect of the campaign in the 2004 general elections that the BJP lost badly. But unlike many of his colleagues, Pramod Mahajan admitted his role in the rout and vowed to rebuild the BJP

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    Pramod Mahajan's political career was cut short on the morning of April 22, 2006 when his estranged younger brother, Pravin Mahajan shot him with his licensed .32 Browning pistol inside the former's apartment in Mumbai following a dispute

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    Pravin Mahajan fired four bullets, the first missed Pramod Mahajan, but the other three were lodged in his liver and pancreas, damaging several internal organs. Mahajan was taken to the Hinduja Hospital where he was operated upon

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    Pramod Mahajan's brother Pravin Mahajan surrendered at the Worli Police Station in Mumbai after the shooting. He accused Pramod Mahajan of 'ignoring and humiliating him, and not giving him his due'. Pravin Mahajan said that he felt neglected and suffered from an inferiority complex because he was 'the poorer younger brother of a much famous elder brother'

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    Police said Pravin failed to empty all the nine bullets because the fourth one got jammed - and thus Pramod Mahajan survived for 12 days. Pramod Mahajan passed away after struggling for his life for 13 days. He suffered from a cardiac arrest and died on May 3, 2006. Pramod Mahajan was given a state funeral at the Shivaji Park crematorium in Dadar, Mumbai on May 4, 2006

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    The sense of loss was palpable in the BJP, where the suave and media savvy 56-year-old politician, a member of the BJP's 'Gen Next' was widely seen as its most promising leader after its two stars, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his deputy LK Advani

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One of the most resourceful politicians of his time, Pramod Mahajan cut a strong figure across all party lines. On his birth anniversary today, we remember the life and times of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader

 

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