Amit Shah

Amit Shah is an illustrious leader of BJP and a politician with vast experience. Shah is the current national president of the president of bharatiya janata party. He has played a key role in the party’s emergence as a dominant force in indian politics and has become the face of an all new BJP and the current BJP.

Shah was elected as an MLA from sarkhej in four consecutive elections: 1997 (by-election), 1998, 2002 and 2007. He is a close associate of PM Narendra modi, and held a number of portfolios in the state government during Modi’s tenure as chief minister of Gujarat.

Early life

Amit shah was born on 22 october 1964 in a well-to-do jain familyof Mumbai. His father Anilchandra shah, owned a successful PVC pipe business. He did his schooling in Mehsana and then moved to Ahmedabad to pursue degree in biochemistry from CU Shah Science College.

For some time, he handled his father’s business. He briefly worked as a stock-broker and also with co-operative banks in Ahmedabad.

Amit shah is married to Sonal shah. The couple has a son Jay Shah.

Political career

Since childhood, Shah was involved with the Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh at the age of 14. He formally became an RSS volunteer during his college days in Ahmedabad. He first met Narendra Modi in 1982 through Ahmedabad RSS circles.

Later in 1986, he joined bjp, one year before Modi joined the party. He then gradually rose through the ranks of the party, holding various posts like secretary, secretary, taluka state secretary, vice-president, and general secretary.

During the 1991 lok sabha elections, he campaigned for Lal krishna advani in Gandhinagar.

In 1995, with Keshubhai patel as the chief minister BJP formed its first government in Gujarat. At that time, rural areas of gujarat were highly influential with the Indian National Congress. Amit shah and Narendra modi, worked together to undermine congress’s influence. They convinced 8000 influential people to join BJP. Many of these people had lost elections for the village chief’s post in their respective villages.
In 1999, shah was elected as the president of Ahmedabad district cooperative bank (adcb), the biggest cooperative bank in india.

During 1995-2001, shah served as modi’s informer in gujarat.

In October 2001, Narendra modi was appointed as the chief minister of Gujarat. Consequently, Amit shah also gained political prominence in the state. Later, both modi and shah managed to sideline their political rivals.
In 2002, from Sarkhej assembly segment Amit shah registered a thumping victory in Gujarat legislative assembly elections with a margin of close to 1,60,000 votes.

In 2004, shah played a key role in the passing of the Gujarat freedom of religion act which would make conversions hard to perform. The bill faced a lot of opposition but shah defended it successfully.

In 2009, he became the vice-president of the Gujarat cricket association (GCA), when narendra modi served as its president. In 2014, after Modi became PM of India, shah became the president of GCA.

After BJP’s thumping victory in the Indian general elections (2014) Amit shah’s political career was instilled with a new life. His influence in the party increases after the accession of Narendra modi as the prime minister of india. He was appointed as the party President.

In 2000, Amit Shah was appointed as the president of the Ahmedabad district cooperative bank. That time, the bank was on the verge of shutting down. The bank had suffered a loss of around Rs 36 crore. Shah took charge and turned banks fortunes with the recorded profits of Rs 27 crore the very next year.

Under his supervision bjp did exceptionally well in up registering victory by occupying 73 out of 80 parliamentary seats in the UP. The party high command praised him for his strategic and organizational abilities.

In July 2014, he was unanimously appointed as the BJP’s National President replacing veteran party leader Rajnath singh.

Shah had gained recognition as an excellent election campaign manager, and had been dubbed a “modern day Chanakya and master strategist”.

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