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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 to celebrate Makar Sankranti in Gujarat on January 14 Jan 13, 2020 09:28 PM IST

    Amit Shah to celebrate Makar Sankranti in Gujarat on January 14

    Shah will lay the foundation stone for the Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Gandhinagar district on January 15.

  • Akhilesh Yadav hits out at Amit Shah over citizenship act Jan 13, 2020 08:54 AM IST

    Akhilesh Yadav hits out at Amit Shah over citizenship act

    "You must all have read Mahabharat. There also it was stated that not even an inch of land will be given. What happened after that," he told reporters.

  • Each oppressed Pak refugee will get Indian citizenship: Shah Jan 12, 2020 05:07 PM IST

    Each oppressed Pak refugee will get Indian citizenship: Shah

    He was speaking at a public meeting organised here to drum up support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

  • BJP likely to announce new national president soon: Report Jan 09, 2020 04:05 PM IST

    BJP likely to announce new national president soon: Report

    The new party president will be appointed close on the heels of the February 8 Delhi elections

  • Amit Shah reviews countrywide security situation Jan 09, 2020 03:49 PM IST

    Amit Shah reviews countrywide security situation

    National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar and other top officials attended the meeting that was held amidst the ongoing protests in different parts of the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

  • CAA: Amit Shah to address rally at Hubballi on January 18 Jan 08, 2020 07:25 PM IST

    CAA: Amit Shah to address rally at Hubballi on January 18

    More than one lakh people are expected to attend Shah's rally in Hubballi, BJP state general secretary Mahesh Tenginkai told reporters here.

  • Delhi Assembly Polls 2020: Amit Shah takes a leaf out of Kejriwal's poll strategy Jan 08, 2020 04:07 PM IST

    Delhi Assembly Polls 2020: Amit Shah takes a leaf out of Kejriwal's poll strategy

    In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, the AAP swept 67 of 70 seats, while BJP got the remaining three. The Congress failed to open its account

  • Two women holding anti-CAA banner during Amit Shah's rally evicted from Delhi home Jan 08, 2020 04:05 PM IST

    Two women holding anti-CAA banner during Amit Shah's rally evicted from Delhi home

    The two women had displayed a banner from their balcony which read “Shame; CAA and NRC, crossed out; Jai Hind; Aazadi and #NotInMyName”.

  • PM Modi removed 3 curses of Indian politics - appeasement, casteism, dynasty: Amit Shah Jan 07, 2020 09:41 PM IST

    PM Modi removed 3 curses of Indian politics - appeasement, casteism, dynasty: Amit Shah

    The home minister said Modi is a man with a beating heart for people, a statesman, a hard task master, an able administrator and an ideal leader who leads by example.

  • Air India sale: EoI, share purchase agreement approved by Group of Ministers; to be issued in January Jan 07, 2020 04:22 PM IST

    Air India sale: EoI, share purchase agreement approved by Group of Ministers; to be issued in January

    While Air India's net loss in 2018-19 was around Rs 8,556 crore, its current total debt is around Rs 80,000 crore.

  • Amit Shah-led GoM approves plan to invite EoI for Air India disinvestment: Report Jan 06, 2020 10:34 PM IST

    Amit Shah-led GoM approves plan to invite EoI for Air India disinvestment: Report

    A restart of the process for the sale of the government's 100 percent in Air India along with Air India Express and the carrier's stake in joint venture AISATS had already been approved by the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) or GoM.

  • Centre approves release of Rs 5,908 cr to 7 states as relief for calamity damage Jan 06, 2020 06:35 PM IST

    Centre approves release of Rs 5,908 cr to 7 states as relief for calamity damage

    The Home Ministry, in a statement, said the decision was taken at a meeting of a high-level committee (HLC), chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

  • Amit Shah clarifies: CAA toll free number "never belonged to Netflix" Jan 06, 2020 04:37 PM IST

    Amit Shah clarifies: CAA toll free number "never belonged to Netflix"

    Netflix responded to the fake tweet, stating: "If you want free Netflix please use someone else's account like the rest of us."

  • AAP govt deceiving people: Amit Shah Jan 06, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    AAP govt deceiving people: Amit Shah

    Speaking at an event here, Shah said the Aam Aadmi Party government has done maximum damage to the poor and people living in rural areas.

  • Rahul, Priyanka misleading minorities on amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah Jan 06, 2020 02:20 PM IST

    Rahul, Priyanka misleading minorities on amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah

    Addressing a gathering at an event here, Shah said Delhi bore the brunt of "riots" for four days during the recent violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act. He added that the AAP government and the Congress were responsible for it.

  • Amit Shah speaks to Delhi LG Anil Baijal; requests him to call JNU representatives for talks Jan 06, 2020 10:52 AM IST

    Amit Shah speaks to Delhi LG Anil Baijal; requests him to call JNU representatives for talks

    The telephonic conversation between the home minister and the LG came a day after masked men indulged in violence on the JNU campus.

  • Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi misleading people over CAA: Shah Jan 05, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi misleading people over CAA: Shah

    Shah assured members of minority communities that none of them will lose citizenship due to the CAA, saying the law is about giving citizenship to persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries and not taking it away from anybody.

  • Govt won't budge an inch on CAA: Amit Shah Jan 03, 2020 06:59 PM IST

    Govt won't budge an inch on CAA: Amit Shah

    The BJP will take out 500 rallies across the country, beginning Saturday to reach out to three crore people, he said.

  • Amit Shah learning Bengali to connect with BJP workers, voters in West Bengal Jan 03, 2020 05:13 PM IST

    Amit Shah learning Bengali to connect with BJP workers, voters in West Bengal

    Amit Shah has also appointed a teacher to teach him the language

  • Govt won't budge on CAA: Amit Shah Jan 03, 2020 03:45 PM IST

    Govt won't budge on CAA: Amit Shah

    Launching an “awareness programme” in support of the amended citizenship law, Shah accused the Congress and other opposition parties of running a misinformation campaign.

  • No one called ex-J&K CMs 'anti-national', decision on their release by UT admin: Amit Shah Jan 03, 2020 12:17 PM IST

    No one called ex-J&K CMs 'anti-national', decision on their release by UT admin: Amit Shah

    Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti had to be detained for "some time" after they made provocative statements, the home minister said on Thursday night while addressing an event organised by media outlet ABP News.

  • Disaster management crucial area in a growing economy: Amit Shah Jan 02, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Disaster management crucial area in a growing economy: Amit Shah

    Shah was speaking after inaugurating a new campus of the National Fire Service College here, laying foundation stone for an NDRF Academy and distribution of Fire Service Gallantry Medals.

  • Appointment of CDS momentous, historic for India: Amit Shah Jan 01, 2020 03:25 PM IST

    Appointment of CDS momentous, historic for India: Amit Shah

    General Bipin Rawat was on Monday appointed India's first Chief of Defence Staff with a mandate to bring in convergence in functioning of the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force and bolster the country's military prowess. He took charge as CDS on Wednesday.

  • Opposition led by Congress created confusion over CAA, misled people: Amit Shah Dec 27, 2019 09:38 AM IST

    Opposition led by Congress created confusion over CAA, misled people: Amit Shah

    The Congress has rejected the allegation levelled against the party by Amit Shah.

  • Foundation laid for country's first transit-oriented development project; Delhi to get tallest tower Dec 26, 2019 10:12 PM IST

    Foundation laid for country's first transit-oriented development project; Delhi to get tallest tower

    The project -- 'East Delhi Hub' at Karkardooma -- spread over 30 hectares, will come up in the next three-and-a-half years.

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