NCP leader and former civil aviation minister Praful Patel under the UPA dispensation was lauded by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his excellent work in transforming the Indian airports infrastructure. At the release function of the pictorial biopic Udaan – a graphic glimpse into the life of Praful Patel, Fadnavis appreciated Patel for his outstanding work. Rising above the political differences, he went on to say that,”We are staunch political rivals and have made speeches against each other in elections at Gondia in Vidarbha. Yet, political differences have never transcended the personal rapport (between us),” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
He further said,“Notwithstanding political differences, Patel has friends across political parties, which he has well earned over decades. The ease with which he connects with cross sections of people is laudable. He has always kept his feet firmly in the grassroots.”
Along with Fadnavis, many other renowned personalities including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Reliance Industries CEO Mukesh Ambani were present at the event. While appreciating Patel, Bachchan said, “The disarming smile on his face and a mischievous twinkle in his eyes is always a constant. Through great work in diverse fields of education in his constituency in Gondia and in the field of civil aviation, one can proudly say, he has carried the legacy of his proud father as a proud son,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying. In his reply, Patel said that there is still a lot to be done and what matters for him is that he was able to make his contributions to the society.