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BJP leaders wish Rahul 'good luck'

The visit is significant as the party had distanced itself from the episode.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

In a surprise show of solidarity, senior BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Kalraj Mishra on Thursday visited Rahul Mahajan, son of late party leader Pramod Mahajan at the Tughlak Road police station, where he is in police custody in a drug abuse case.

"We have come to enquire about his well-being and wish him good luck in overcoming this crisis," party Vice President Naqvi said.

The visit of the leaders assumes significance as the party had distanced itself from the episode saying it was a tragedy in the Mahajan family.

The visit also comes in the wake of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee expressing sympathy with the junior Mahajan. A section of the party has been critical of the leadership for deserting the late leader's family in its hour of grief and crisis.

Sources close to Naqvi and Mishra termed as "absolutely wrong" reports that they had visited Rahul on the instructions of former Prime Minister Vajpayee.

"It was a purely a voluntary act and they had gone there to extend moral support to Rahul in their personal capacity," they said.

Sources said Rahul Mahajan was visibly happy to see both Naqvi and Mishra. He smiled, perhaps for the first time, after this episode, they said.

Both the leaders were with Rahulfor a little over five minutes.

Meanwhile, senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu was also seen outside the gate of the police station after Rahul was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for medical examination.

However, sources close to Naidu said that since he stayed next door to the Tughlak Road police station, the former party chief had only stopped his car to enquire about the large media presence there.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 00:00 IST