NEW DELHI, April 27: An IIT scientist-cum-astrologer who had met the BJP general secretary, Mr Pramod Mahajan, currently battling for his life in a Mumbai hospital, a fortnight before he was shot by his brother had warned him against sustaining bullet injuries.
“Never a believer in astrological forecasts, Mr Mahajan did not take the astrologer’s words with any seriousness and went about his daily routine as usual,” said an associate of Mr Mahajan here today. In retrospect, his well-wishers in the party now wish he had better heeded the forewarning.
The astrologer met Mr Mahajan on 5 April in Delhi. Mr Mahajan had come back from an election campaign programme in Assam. Another “Jyotishi (astrologer) close to a BJP Bihar MLA too had predicted similar threats to Mr Mahajan’s life. Throughout the election campaign in Assam Mr Mahajan wore a bulletproof jacket. On that fateful day at his Mumbai flat he was in a relaxed frame of mind and was planning to leave for Uttaranchal for a party programme. As fate would have it, he was shot at in his home, something Mr Mahajan, perhaps, would not have encountered in his worst nightmares.
Meanwhile, Mr Mahajan’s condition remained “critical but stable” but doctors today said there had been a “significant reduction” in blood pressure medication being administered to him. “There has been no significant change in Mahajan’s condition since the morning bulletin. He is being maintained on the same levels of medication,” Mr Anupam Verma, director (administration) Hinduja hospital said.