Pramod Venkatesh Mahajan (प्रमोद व्यंकटेश महाजन in Devanagari) (30 October 1949 – 3 May 2006)  was a prominent Indian politician. He was one of the most powerful second generation leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and, at the time of his death, was locked in a power struggle over who would take over the reins of the BJP when the current aging leadership retires. He belonged to a group of relatively young \"technocrat\" leaders who lack a grassroots political base, although he was fairly popular in his home state of Maharashtra in western India.  He was a member of the Rajya Sabha and a General Secretary of his party. He had been credited with being an architect of numerous poll victories for his party, though he contested only 2 Loksabha elections from Mumbai - North East constituency. He won in 1996 but lost in 1998. He was the
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