Praful Manoharbhai Patel
is an Indian politician and businessman. His father, Manoharbhai Patel, was a Nationalist Congress Party leader who was elected to represent Gondia Bhandara districts
. Patel graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Bombay and married Varsha Patel, a Gujarati businessman's daughter. His political career began in 1991 and he was appointed the Civil Aviation Minister in 2004. His family runs the CeeJay group, a large tobacco conglomerate in India.