The Praful Patel-Adani link you did not know about

The former civil aviation minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader’s business relationship with the conglomerate over a decade ago largely went unnoticed. It could have had a bearing on him switching allegiance to the BJP recently.

Gautam Adani is considered to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest ally in the corporate world. Much has been said and written about his Adani group’s relationship with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and how its rise has mirrored that of the party’s.

Away from the media glare—and hence not as well known—the Ahmedabad-based conglomerate shares close links with another political figure. These links go back a long way. To 2008, which was when Nationalist Congress Party leader and former Union minister Praful Patel entered into a substantial business association with the Adani group. In fact, it is the nature …


Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

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Ravi is a journalist affiliated with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the lead author of “Rafale Deal: Flying Lies? The Role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India's Biggest Defence Scandal”, co-authored by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.