Industrialist-turned-politician and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel is regarded as the right man at the right place as India follows the road to disinvestment. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader succeeded in pushing through the controversial privatisation of the Mumbai and Delhi airports, despite objections from the Left. Although Patel is a first-time minister, he holds independent charge of one of the Cabinet’s most active portfolios. A fourth term MP, he is currently member of the Rajya Sabha, having won three Lok Sabha elections from Maharashtra
Union Minister for Textiles
Counted among the young and dynamic politicians of India, Dayanidhi Maran has communicated effectively in a short span of time that good economics can be and is good politics. Born in the high voltage political family, the son of late Murasoli Maran and grand nephew of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi Maran was for most part of his life better known along with brother Kalanidhi Maran as founder of Sun TV. Dayanidhi was inducted as Union IT and Communications Minister in his very first term as MP in 2004.
BJP Gen. Secy.
Some time ago, when people talked about potential heirs to the ageing BJP duo of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani, Pramod Mahajan emerged as a serious contender. Often called the CEO of BJP’s election strategy, Mahajan has been a critical spoke in BJP’s wheel. An MA in political science with a degree in journalism to boot, he joined BJP’s Maharashtra unit in 1978 and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996. As a Cabinet minister in subsequent BJP governments, he held important portfolios like defence and technology. Mahajan is presently a Rajya Sabha member.