Hidden agenda at work against me: Rahul
Embroiled in a drug abuse case, Rahul Mahajan claimed he has committed no "legal or moral wrong."india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 20:44 IST
Embroiled in a drug abuse case, Rahul Mahajan on Thursday pointed fingers at "a section of the society" for having some hidden agenda against his family and claimed he has committed no "legal or moral wrong."
After his release on bail on Wednesday, Rahul addressed a crowded press conference to tell his side of the story, but refused to comment on any aspect of the drug abuse case against him, saying the matter was sub judice and any statement will prejudice his defence.
"Our family has been undergoing an extremely sad phase of life. There are people who sincerely stood with us and expressed unconditional support. Yet there may be a section of society who may have some other hidden agenda for which I have no answer," he said while reading out from a statement.
Arrested on June 5 from the Apollo hospital, where he was admitted in the wee hours of June two after a late night party, Rahul said, "I am not a drug dependent or user (and) because of this incident I had to suffer imprisonment and humiliation and the loss of a close and sincere friend."
However, he parried questions on Vivek Moitra's death and the sequence of events that occurred during the late night party at his late father Pramod Mahajan's 7, Safdarjung Road residence, saying, "It will come out in investigations".
Wearing a white shirt and light-brown trousers, a clean shaven Rahul appeared confident and lavished praise on BJP, describing it as his family, and on former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, who he said was like a "father to me since my father is no more."
"I will go and seek blessings of Vajpayee, Rajnath and (L K) Advani," Rahul said when asked if he will go and meet the party leaders in the coming days.
Striking an emotional note, Rahul said he will suffer for his deeds and apologised to his mother, sister, uncle Gopinath Munde and friends for the incident that has caused them pain and anguish.
"I express my gratitude to all of them who stood with me in this personal crisis. I am now out on bail and better placed to prepare myself to defend," Mahajan junior said.
Asked if he was offered any position in the BJP when he was invited by party chief Rajnath Singh during the National Executive meeting, he said, "it was just a lunch."
On his ties with the BJP, he said, "it is not a party to me. It is like my family. I am born in it, live in it and die in it," he said and refuted all reports of party distancing itself from the Mahajan family during its hour of crisis.
However, he said his immediate focus would be to spent some time with his family and come out of the "difficult phase. After the legal battle is over, I would like to obliterate the stains caused by this incident on me and do something to make my father proud."
Narrating his month-long ordeal, which started with the death of his father, his near-death experience and subsequent imprisonment, he said, "such things do not even happen in Hindi movies."
Has he learned any lessons from the incident? Rahul said, "Time always teaches you a lesson."
Asked about the remarks made by his uncle Pravin, accused of killing his father, he said, "It is all wrong."
On his uncle Pravin Mahajan's comments on the incident, Rahul said, "All this is wrong. He has done a lot of damage."
On whether he was offered any post at the BJP National Executive Committee meeting, he said, "it was just a lunch".
Rahul also thanked the domestic helps at 7, Safdarjung residence, his father's aide Harish Sharma and doctors at the Apollo hospital for their help in saving his life.
First Published: Jun 15, 2006 19:02 IST