The top strategist of India's main opposition Hindu nationalist party, Pramod Mahajan, has died nearly two weeks after being shot by his younger brother.

The fifty-six year old Mahajan died at a Bombay hospital, where he had been on life support since being shot on April 22nd while reading the newspaper in his posh Bombay high-rise apartment.

The younger brother is in police custody. Police allege he shot Mahajan three times because he resented his success and felt ignored and humiliated by him. His lawyer says his client is deranged.

Mahajan was a fiery orator, and a key figure in the transformation of a party that held only two seats in the 1985 parliament and later led a coalition government that ruled India for five years from 1999 to 2004.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.