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'The BJP Is Not Distancing Itself From The Mahajan Family'
Former Maharashtra deputy CM and Pramod Mahajan's brother-in-law, Gopinath Munde is facing both a personal and political crisis. With the Mahajan residence becoming a scene of crime, Munde, along with Mahajan's wife Rekha and daughter Poonam, moved into Delhi's Hyatt Regency hotel, from where he has begun the tough battle to save his nephew. Excerpts from an interview with Saba Naqvi Bhaumik:
What is Rahul's version of events?
Rahul says he was drinking wine that night. He left the room several times because he got a personal call, and to go to the toilet. When he returned after one such trip and drank, he fainted and passed out. He also did not know the boys who came to the house. They were known to Vivek. Rahul had never lived in Delhi. This was one of his longest trips. He came for the BJP national executive and stayed on to leave for Guwahati where he planned to immerse his father's ashes. I was staying there with him till I returned to Mumbai after the executive. But Vivek had a permanent room in that bungalow.
Did you know Vivek did drugs?
I can't believe he was an addict. But you can't know every personal detail about someone. All I can say is, don't compare Rahul with Vivek.
There has been a suggestion that Vivek was gay.
How can I know if Vivek was a homo or not? And is it relevant to the case?
Rahul could get out of legal trouble if he confessed to a drug problem and went into rehab.
But he is saying he is not an addict. After Pramodji's passing, I now have to be the parent to him.
You had said it could be poisoning.
I only said that first when a lab report found traces of poison. But I'm not pointing any finger at any associate of Pramodji. I don't think the BJP is distancing itself from the Mahajan family.
Did Vivek complain about anyone?
No, but he had come to me and said we must promote Rahul in politics.