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Calcutta airport workers postpone strike

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Praful Patel
Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, (L), Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya, (C) and Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers John Leahy pose in the backdrop of an Airbus A380, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on May 7, 2007. The aircraft flew into Delhi previews day to carry out feasibility tests before flights begin.The first commercial A380 plane will roll out late this year or early next year. Airbus has already booked firm orders for over 150 planes from various airlines across the world, including India's Kingfisher Airlines. (UPI Photo)

Praful Patel (born February 17, 1957, Kolkata) is a member of the Lok Sabha of India. He currently holds the title of Minister of State for Civil Aviation. He belongs to Gondia, a district in Maharashtra.

He is the son of prominent Congressman Late Shri Manoharbhai Patel. He graduated in commerce from Sydenham College of Mumbai, prior to joining the family business. Further he is one of the few politicians who does not draw a salary from the government. He has been under CID (Criminal Investigation Department) scanner for UTI scam. For further lead on this scam, please refer the link http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/Praful-under-CID-scanner-in-UTI-scam/articleshow/4760478.cms.

Patel was elected as a member of the Lok Sabha in 1991 at the age of 34. He was then elected three times consecutively to the 10th, 11th, and 12th Lok Sabhas. He lost the 1999 Lok Sabha Elections on account of a split in the traditional congress votes, after the formation of the Nationalist Congress Party which he chose to join. After losing in the Lok Sabha elections in April 2000, he was chosen to join the Rajya Sabha. In 2004 he narrowly lost on account of the presence of a BSP candidate in the field. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha.

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