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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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  • Amit Shah on winning UP, religious polarisation during polls, Rahul Gandhi's comment on China-Pakistan Feb 22, 2022 06:22 PM IST

    Amit Shah on winning UP, religious polarisation during polls, Rahul Gandhi's comment on China-Pakistan

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on February 21, said that there was no religious polarisation during elections in Uttar Pradesh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the election with a full majority. The people of UP have supported the ruling party on four main issues of law and order, 'gareeb kalyan', development and improved administration, Shah said in an exclusive interview with Rahul Joshi, Group Editor-in-Chief, Network18. Here are the key highlights

  • Cabinet Reshuffle: Ashwini Vaishnaw gets Railways, Jyotiraditya Scindia is Civil Aviation Minister; check full list Jul 07, 2021 10:27 PM IST

    Cabinet Reshuffle: Ashwini Vaishnaw gets Railways, Jyotiraditya Scindia is Civil Aviation Minister; check full list

    A total of 43 new ministers took oath on June 7, including 15 Cabinet Ministers and 28 Ministers of State. Shortly before their induction, the incumbent ministers for health, education, environment and law submitted their resignations.

  • India will always remain indebted to soldiers for their supreme sacrifice in Ladakh: Amit Shah Jun 17, 2020 05:10 PM IST

    India will always remain indebted to soldiers for their supreme sacrifice in Ladakh: Amit Shah

    In a series of tweets, Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh's Galwan cannot be put in words.

  • Migrant labour issue: Amit Shah slams Mamata Banerjee, says 'Corona Express' jibe will prove costly Jun 01, 2020 09:27 PM IST

    Migrant labour issue: Amit Shah slams Mamata Banerjee, says 'Corona Express' jibe will prove costly

    He asserted that the people of Bengal are keen for a change and the BJP will form a government in the state with a full majority.

  • Standard of living of 'deprived' Indians has improved: Amit Shah Jun 01, 2020 08:52 PM IST

    Standard of living of 'deprived' Indians has improved: Amit Shah

    He also pointed out how under the Centre’s Jan Dhan Yojana scheme, 31 crore bank accounts were opened, through which people could avail the benefits of Direct Bank Transfer.

  • Moving migrants prior to the lockdown would 'not have been appropriate', says Amit Shah Jun 01, 2020 08:44 PM IST

    Moving migrants prior to the lockdown would 'not have been appropriate', says Amit Shah

    When asked if the ongoing crisis, where migrants are seen walking to their homes, could have been averted if they were moved before enforcing the lockdown, Shah said, "That would not have been appropriate."

  • Network18 Exclusive | India has managed to contain coronavirus outbreak: Home Minister Amit Shah Jun 01, 2020 08:30 PM IST

    Network18 Exclusive | India has managed to contain coronavirus outbreak: Home Minister Amit Shah

    On PM Modi's 'Vocal for Local' push, Shah said that it will not reduce foreign investments.

  • Coronavirus lockdown | Govt ensured nobody goes hungry in this crisis: BJP Mar 26, 2020 03:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown | Govt ensured nobody goes hungry in this crisis: BJP

    Party president J P Nadda said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a "huge relief" for the poor in this hour of crisis and asserted that it is the ruling party's resolve that nobody is left hungry.

  • Maharashtra Government Formation: Amit Shah expresses confidence in state development Nov 23, 2019 09:20 AM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation: Amit Shah expresses confidence in state development

    Shah tweeted his congratulation to Fadnavis and NCP leader Ajit Pawar

  • Lok Sabha passes resolution to scrap Article 370 provisions, bill for bifurcation of J&K Aug 06, 2019 08:07 PM IST

    Lok Sabha passes resolution to scrap Article 370 provisions, bill for bifurcation of J&K

    Shah also said the Modi government will have no hesitation in restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir when normalcy returns.

  • J&K Reorganisation Bill: After Rajya Sabha’s nod, Modi sarkar eyes smooth sail in Lok Sabha Aug 06, 2019 10:07 AM IST

    J&K Reorganisation Bill: After Rajya Sabha’s nod, Modi sarkar eyes smooth sail in Lok Sabha

    The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on August 5 and is expected to sail through the Lok Sabha

  • Article 370 revoked, bifurcation into UTs: 10 things you need to know about J&K crisis right now Aug 05, 2019 12:29 PM IST

    Article 370 revoked, bifurcation into UTs: 10 things you need to know about J&K crisis right now

    The announcement came amid confusion over additional deployment of security forces and the imposition of Section 144 in Jammu and Kashmir

  • Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir's special status revoked, announces Amit Shah Aug 05, 2019 11:29 AM IST

    Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir's special status revoked, announces Amit Shah

    The Centre also announced bifurcation of J&K into two Union Territories

  • Don't like either PM Modi or Amit Shah, says Javed Akhtar May 03, 2019 08:18 AM IST

    Don't like either PM Modi or Amit Shah, says Javed Akhtar

    Referring to a remark of the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur, Akhtar said he will suggest Modi to use her "curse" to get rid of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and other terrorists.

  • Amit Shah accuses grand alliance of 'breaking India' Oct 29, 2018 07:56 AM IST

    Amit Shah accuses grand alliance of 'breaking India'

    Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM) national convention here, Shah said on the one hand Prime Minister Modi was focussed on 'Making India', on the other the grand alliance leaders wanted to 'Break' India.

  • I belong to 'Bharatiya Janata' before the party: Shatrughan Sinha Oct 03, 2018 08:55 AM IST

    I belong to 'Bharatiya Janata' before the party: Shatrughan Sinha

    Addressing a function in his Lok Sabha constituency of Patna Sahib, the actor-turned-politician lamented that the party (BJP) had become a "one man show two man army" a jibe aimed at Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

  • Amit Shah to lead BJP in Lok Sabha polls Sep 10, 2018 10:45 AM IST

    Amit Shah to lead BJP in Lok Sabha polls

    Shah had replaced Rajnath Singh as the party president soon after it came to power in May 2014 as Singh quit his post following his inclusion in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee nursed BJP into a banyan tree in Indian politics: Amit Shah Aug 16, 2018 06:33 PM IST

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee nursed BJP into a banyan tree in Indian politics: Amit Shah

    Atalji emerged as a popular national leader who believed that power is a means of service and led a spotless political life without compromising on national interest. Amit shah said.

  • Amit Shah hails OBC bill, terms it 'historic' Aug 03, 2018 09:15 AM IST

    Amit Shah hails OBC bill, terms it 'historic'

    Hailing the Narendra Modi government for the bill's passage, Shah said it has always been the BJP's goal to create an egalitarian and just society as its mantra is 'sabka saath sabka vikas'.

  • Amit Shah asks 'BJP cyber warriors' to ensure that party wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls Jul 05, 2018 12:22 PM IST

    Amit Shah asks 'BJP cyber warriors' to ensure that party wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls

    Shah stressed that the Modi government was coming up with various farmer-friendly policy decisions ever since it came to power.

  • Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray, meeting lasts for 2 hours Jun 07, 2018 08:40 AM IST

    Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray, meeting lasts for 2 hours

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya Thackeray were also present at the meeting which lasted about two hours.

  • PM Narendra Modi to hold day-long fast on April 12 over Parliament logjam Apr 10, 2018 06:03 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi to hold day-long fast on April 12 over Parliament logjam

    BJP president Amit Shah will sit on a dharna in poll-bound Karnataka and BJP MPs across the nation will also join the PM in fasting, in what is being seen as an attempt to turn the tables on the Congress, a day after it held a symbolic fast at Rajghat.

  • Bharatiya Janata Party now has a new address Feb 23, 2018 05:00 PM IST

    Bharatiya Janata Party now has a new address

    PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the swanky new BJP headquarters in a grand event on February 18

  • BJP will win Gujarat polls with over 150 seats, GST a blessing for traders: Amit Shah Nov 14, 2017 10:30 PM IST

    BJP will win Gujarat polls with over 150 seats, GST a blessing for traders: Amit Shah

    Gujarat will head to polls in two phases on December 9 and December 14. The vote counting will happen alongside Himachal Pradesh on December 18.

  • Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley meet PM, trigger buzz of major announcement Oct 05, 2017 05:03 PM IST

    Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley meet PM, trigger buzz of major announcement

    News18, quoting sources, said that that Modi, Shah and Jaitley had discussed the state of the economy at the meeting, and that a major announcement can be expected before Diwali.