Amit Shah is a prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader currently serving as the Home Minister of India. He is also the first Minister of Cooperation of India. Joined BJP in 1987, Shah referred to as the 'Chanakya' of modern Indian politics and often credited with making the BJP a formidable election machine. It was under his presidency, the party emerged victorious in several state elections besides the party's landslide Lok Sabha elections win in 2014 and 2019. National president of BJP from 2014 to 2020, Shah is often considered as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-hand man. He first met Modi in 1982 through Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) circles, the Hindu nationalist organisation he has been associated with since childhood. When Modi was serving as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shah emerged as a powerful leader in the state. In his political stint under the Modi-led Gujarat government, he became the youngest minister and handled multiple portfolios at the same time. At one time, he held as many as 12 portfolios, including home, law and justice, border security, and legislative and parliamentary affairs among others. Besides BJP’s victories, Amit Shah has also added a milestone in his political career with winning every election he fought. Since 1989, the politician has fought 29 elections and has won them all. He was elected as an MLA from Gujarat’s Sarkhej in four consecutive elections between 1997 and 2007. He was elected as a member of the upper house of Parliament -- Rajya Sabha -- from Gujarat in 2017. In the 2019 general elections, he contested and was elected to the lower house of Parliament -- Lok Sabha -- from Gandhinagar, a seat previously held by BJP veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani. In the polls, he gained 69.67 percent of the total votes cast in the constituency and defeated his nearest rival Dr CJ Chavda of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 557,014 votes. Later, he was appointed as the Home Minister of the country in PM Modi’s second term. Sworn in at the age of 54, Amit Shah is the youngest serving full-time Home Minister the country has seen. In the first major action after taking up the role, Shah moved a resolution to scrap Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha in August 2019 and divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories with Jammu and Kashmir serving as one of the UT and Ladakh as a separate UT. He later declared implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Rajya Sabha and introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. In his college days, Shah was a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS. He has also served as chairman of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) since 2014. More
In an interview to news agency ANI, Shah says he is happy that the Prime Minister has set an example that no matter the allegation, he always believed in the law and upheld the Constitution
Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Thursday urged urban cooperative banks (UCBs) to implement significant reforms, including as recruiting young people and using modern banking practises, in order to stay competitive. He asserted that UCBs must concentrate on symmetric development.
Maharashtra Crisis LIVE Highlights: "Uddhav Thackeray is Maharashtra chief minister and he will remain the CM," senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, shortly after Thackeray claimed in a live webcast that he is ready to resign. "If we get the chance, we will prove our majority on the floor of the House," Raut added.
Rajnarh Singh and Nadda have also been authorised by the party to speak to various parties, including those from the opposition, on the presidential poll.
Amit Shah said that the recruitment process in the Army had been affected for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a sensitive decision by showing concern for the youth of the country.
Referring to the Gujarat model of development, he also said that Modi's efforts as the then chief minister ensured water sufficiency which played a crucial role in the development of the state.
Shah also stressed the need for speedy investigation of rape and sexual offenses against women and children, and awarding of stringent punishment in a time-bound manner.
Protests erupted in several parts of Howrah on Friday over controversial remarks by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal on Prophet Mohammad.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, stated on Tuesday that he has requested a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.
The government also lifted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from more than 66 per cent area in the Northeast, he said after inaugurating the National Tribal Research Institute in Delhi.
Balkaur Singh, the father of slain musician Sidhu Moosewala, said on Saturday that he will not run for office and urged people not to believe any rumors.
In the meeting, Moosewala's father Balkaur Singh is learnt to have demanded a probe by central agencies into the brutal murder in Punjab's Mansa district on May 29.
The kin of the deceased singer-turned-politician met Shah a day after Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann paid them a visit.
According to official sources, Reddy during the meeting reiterated the state government's demand to restore the net borrowing ceiling to the earlier level and release a revised cost estimate of the Polavaram Irrigation project at Rs 5,548.87 crore in a fortnight.
The home minister made the remarks as Prime Minister Narendra Modi released Rs 21,000 crore to 80 crore farmers as the eleventh instalment of the Kisan Samman Nidhi.
In a series of tweets in Hindi on the Modi government completing eight years in power, Shah said in the form of Modi India had got leadership in which every section has faith and pride.
While Prime Minister Modi can take the lion’s share of the credit for turning the BJP and NDA’s fortunes around since 2014, there are many who have played a crucial role in scripting the larger success story of the government. We look at a few of the key figures in the Modi government.
Addressing students at an event in Delhi University, Amit Shah said, "Universities should become platform for exchange of views and not become spaces for ideological conflict”.
Shah said a "hassle-free" journey for the pilgrims is a priority of the Modi government and directed that all arrangements, including additional electricity, water, and telecom facilities be made.
The back-to-back meetings to discuss the pilgrimage, scheduled to begin on June 30 after two years, follow several targeted killings, including of Kashmiri Pandits, in the union territory.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior national and state-level leaders, including Gujarat in charge and Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, joint in charge Sudhir Gupta, state party chief CR Paatil and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel remained present at the meeting.
Amit Shah would visit the forensic science laboratory at Ramanthapur in the city on Saturday before attending the rally, BJP sources said.
Published by Rupa Publications India and compiled by BlueKraft Digital Foundation, the book , ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’ is an anthology of 21 chapters, each written by an expert, tracing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s twenty years of public life since he became Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001
Amit Shah, after presenting the President's Colour to the Assam Police here, said in his address that due to the efforts of the Centre and Chief Minister Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, most of the militant outfits have entered into peace agreements and the day is not far when the entire state will be completely free from insurgency and violence.
Programmes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Fit India Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission, ‘Poshan’ scheme (midday meal) and ‘Indradhanush’ (children’s immunisation scheme) are steps to help people enjoy better health and prevent them from falling sick, Shah said.