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Mahajans stay away from grieving family

Most members of the Mahajan family chose to ignore the news of Pravin Mahajan’s death. It was only older brother, Prakash, who went to Thane to be with Pravin’s family.

mumbai Updated: Mar 04, 2010 01:51 IST
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Most members of the Mahajan family chose to ignore the news of Pravin Mahajan’s death. It was only older brother, Prakash, who went to Thane to be with Pravin’s family.

Prakash avoided telling journalists whether family members of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan, who Pravin killed in 2006, and senior BJP leader, Gopinath Munde, would attend Pravin’s funeral on Thursday.

“Our mother can’t come because she is not keeping well,” is all Prakash said.

Pramod’s son, Rahul, is scheduled to get married this weekend as part of a television reality show.

Prakash did not comment on whether Rahul would attend the funeral or postpone his wedding.

“It is upto Rahul to decide,” Prakash said.

Political leaders who knew Pravin chose not to comment.

Pravin’s family, however, is grappling with an immediate problem—settling the hospital bill, which is between Rs 16 lakh and Rs 18 lakh.

His wife, Sarangi, had asked the state to foot his medical bills but the government had refused since Pravin was in private hospital.

While Prakash said paying the bill was not a matter of concern, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena legislator Ram Kadam, who was with the family, said the bill would be paid by Sarangi’s brother, Prasad Pulliwar, and the rest of her family.

Hospital authorities said on Wednessday that they will discuss the issue with the family and clarified that they have not heard from the government about this.

“We had sent a letter to the state government in the morning to update it on his [Pravin’s] clinical condition, but we have not received any response,” said Dr Ravindra Ghavat, head of the intensive care unti at Jupiter hospital.

“I am not aware of the amount, but we will discuss the issue with the family later.”