Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah is an Indian politician is from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is a major BJP leader with plenty of experience in his field. Shah is presently serving as the National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has played the main role in the party’s emergence as a dominant force in Indian politics and has become the face of an all-new BJP.

Early life and family

Amit Shah was born in Mumbai on 22 October 1964. His family was well-to-do Gujarati Hindu Baniya family.  His father Anil Chandra Shah, a businessman from Mansa, posses a successful PVC pipe business. He accomplished his schooling in Mehsana and moved to Ahmedabad to study biochemistry at CU Shah Science College. He got graduation with a B.Sc. degree in biochemistry and then worked for his father’s business. He also worked as a stockbroker and in co-operative banks in Ahmedabad.

Shah was in with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood, participating in the neighborhood shakhas (branches) as a boy. He formally nominated an RSS swayamsevak (volunteer) during his college days in Ahmedabad. He first met Narendra Modi in 1982 through Ahmedabad RSS circles. During Modi was an RSS pracharak (propagator), working as in-charge of youth activities in the city. Amit Shah is married to Sonal Shah. The couple has a son Jay Shah.

Political career

Amit Shah combined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 14. He used to attend local shakhas (branches) of the RSS. Shah became a volunteer for RSS in his college days. For the first time in 1982, he met Narendra Modi. In those years, Narendra Modi was an RSS pracharak (promoter) working as the in-charge of the youth activities in Ahmedabad.

In the same year, Amit Shah became the secretary of the RSS’ student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He joined the BJP in 1986. After a year, Amit Shah became an activist with BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and slowly rose through the ranks of the party. He went on to hold various prominent posts within the party such as state secretary, vice president, and general secretary, among others. Amit Shah organized for senior BJP leader L.K. Advani who contested the 1991 General Elections from Gandhi Nagar parliamentary constituency in Gujarat.

In the middle of 1990s, BJP formed the government in Gujarat with Keshubhai Patel as the chief minister. During that time, the Indian National Congress was highly influential in the rural areas of Gujarat. Amit Shah, with Narendra Modi, was given the responsibility by the party high order to undermine Congress’ influence in the state. Shah and Modi were able to convince a big number of people to join BJP. Many of these people had lost elections for the Village Chief’s post in their respective villages. Amit Shah registered a thumping win in the 2002 Gujarat Legislative Assembly Elections from Sarkhej assembly segment with a margin of close to 1,60,000 votes. Shah was given multiple ministerial portfolios one by one in the Narendra Modi government after his victory in the 2002 elections. In 2004, the UPA-led central government decided to repeal the Prevention of Terror Acts (POTA) law, but Amit Shah tried to get the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GCOC) Bill passed in the state assembly. Amit Shah also played the main role in the passing of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act which would make religious conversions difficult. The bill faced a lot of challenges but Shah defended it successfully. Amit Shah’s political career was infused with a new life after BJP’s thumping win in the 2014 Indian General Elections. Narendra Modi’s accession as the Prime Minister of India increased Shah’s power in the party. Amit Shah was selected by the then party president Rajnath Singh as in-charge for Uttar Pradesh.

Under Amit Shah’s guidance, BJP did exceptionally well in Uttar Pradesh registering a victory by occupying 73 out of 80 parliamentary seats in the state. The party high command praised him for his strategic and organizational abilities

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