It certainly comes as a surprise when former Union Minister Praful Patel says that he shared an extremely close bond with late Dhirubhai Ambani. Such was the rapport that the politico would refer to him as ‘papa.’ Recently, when Patel was present in Mumbai to celebrate his book launch ‘Udaan,’ shared his thoughts on senior Ambani and his family.
Patel during the event revealed by saying, “Papa gave me so much love and affection, which was disproportionate to my standing and stature. I can’t forget those moments. He was my pillar of strength after I lost my father at 13.”
Mukesh Ambani recalling the time he spent with Patel said, “What I have seen of Praful is his power to sustain relationships. He is always there when you need him. We both have a spent a lot of time with my father way back in the late 80s. My dad had said that he (Patel) not only understands business, but he also understands politicians. At that time he was just entering politics. He has the fire in him to do public good.”