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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

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  • PM Modi chairs all-party meet to discuss India's G20 presidency Dec 06, 2022 12:56 PM IST

    PM Modi chairs all-party meet to discuss India's G20 presidency

    The country is expected to host over 200 preparatory meetings across the country beginning this month. The next G20 Leaders’ Summit at the level of heads of states or governments is scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10 next year in New Delhi.

  • In Pics | Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates BSF's floating border outposts in Hingalganj May 05, 2022 12:50 PM IST

    In Pics | Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates BSF's floating border outposts in Hingalganj

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on May 5 inaugurated BSF’s floating border outposts at Hingalganj in West Bengal during his two-day visit to the state.

  • In Pics | Amit Shah attends National Unity Day function on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary Oct 31, 2021 11:29 AM IST

    In Pics | Amit Shah attends National Unity Day function on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

    National Unity Day: The Government, in 2014, decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on October 31 as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

  • PM Narendra Modi meets J&K leaders for first time after abrogation of Article 370 Jun 25, 2021 03:11 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi meets J&K leaders for first time after abrogation of Article 370

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24 chaired a meeting of political leaders from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 22 months after the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to the erstwhile state.

  • Amit Shah exclusive interview: On India-China LAC face-off, Hathras case and more Oct 18, 2020 09:20 AM IST

    Amit Shah exclusive interview: On India-China LAC face-off, Hathras case and more

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked about a range of issues in an exclusive interview with Network18 Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi.

  • In Pics | Assembly Election 2019: Political leaders criss-cross Haryana, Maharashtra Oct 16, 2019 04:21 PM IST

    In Pics | Assembly Election 2019: Political leaders criss-cross Haryana, Maharashtra

    With only a few days to go for polling, leaders from all parties are involved in the last leg of campaigning across both states

  • Arun Jaitley passes away: Amit Shah, other BJP leaders pay tribute Aug 24, 2019 05:05 PM IST

    Arun Jaitley passes away: Amit Shah, other BJP leaders pay tribute

    Arun Jaitley, 66, died at the AIIMS on August 24 where he was undergoing treatment for a few weeks.

  • In Pics | Article 370 revoked, J&K bifurcated into 2 Union Territories: 10 things to know Aug 05, 2019 02:33 PM IST

    In Pics | Article 370 revoked, J&K bifurcated into 2 Union Territories: 10 things to know

    Home Minister announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh

  • In Pics | Here's all you need to know about the devastating Assam floods Jul 16, 2019 12:04 PM IST

    In Pics | Here's all you need to know about the devastating Assam floods

    PM Modi telephoned Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the situation in the state

  • What Amit Shah had to say about Mission Shakti, job creation and Priyanka Gandhi’s political foray Apr 01, 2019 10:32 AM IST

    What Amit Shah had to say about Mission Shakti, job creation and Priyanka Gandhi’s political foray

    Here's a quick look at what Amit Shah had to say about BJP's performance in West Bengal, Odisha and the northeast, the Balakot airstrikes, Mission Shakti and Priyanka Gandhi’s foray into active politics, among other things