Lucknow has 20 or 25 Mercedes Benzes. Pradeep Agarwal, who owns Uttar Pradesh's first intra-state scheduled airlines service,
Ventura Airways, has one.
Agarwal is an unusual businessman. He has a degree in Physics, is a dropout from BITS Pilani but has an MBA and a law degree
from Lucknow University.
He runs the Tata Motors dealership for UP and used to be a dealer for Bajaj for nearly 20 years - till he quit because Rajiv
Bajaj "did not keep his word".
He has also shot - but not killed - a man.
That happened six years ago when some armed men came to his showroom on the pretext of buying a car and tried to drive away
with one without paying for it.
Agarwal says when he began the car dealership business, this used to happen on a routine basis. "It has come down now - but
also because we've learnt to fight back," he said.
According to the Association of Democratic Reform, (ADR) UP has more alleged criminals in its administration than any other
Text: Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
Image: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav
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