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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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  • Citizenship Act protests: Here's what top leaders of India said on the contentious law Dec 19, 2019 03:54 PM IST

    Citizenship Act protests: Here's what top leaders of India said on the contentious law

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the opposition of “spreading violence” in view of the upcoming Assembly elections.

  • Certain elements trying to use India's borders with Nepal, Bhutan to enter India: Amit Shah Dec 19, 2019 11:40 AM IST

    Certain elements trying to use India's borders with Nepal, Bhutan to enter India: Amit Shah

    Addressing the 56th raising day of the SSB, Shah said India enjoys very cordial relations with Nepal and Bhutan.

  • Asked Delhi Police to ensure peace in national capital: Amit Shah Dec 18, 2019 08:55 AM IST

    Asked Delhi Police to ensure peace in national capital: Amit Shah

    "Whoever is not eligible to be included in the NRC will be sent out of the country," he said in response to a question at the 'Agenda Aaj Tak' programme.

  • Amit Shah says global slowdown impacting Indian economy; praises FM Sitharaman Dec 17, 2019 09:35 PM IST

    Amit Shah says global slowdown impacting Indian economy; praises FM Sitharaman

    India's second quarter GDP growth slowed sharply to 4.5 per cent, the weakest pace in more than six years, as manufacturing output hit a slump and consumer demand as well as private investment weakened.

  • New Citizenship Act won't take away anyone's Indian nationality: Amit Shah Dec 16, 2019 08:12 PM IST

    New Citizenship Act won't take away anyone's Indian nationality: Amit Shah

    The Home Minister urged students to go through the newly enacted law and to not fall in the trap of political parties.

  • Temple in Ayodhya to come up within four months: Amit Shah Dec 16, 2019 04:04 PM IST

    Temple in Ayodhya to come up within four months: Amit Shah

    "Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal sahab said, 'abhi mat chalaye case, baad mein chalaye. Keon bhai, aap ke pet mein kyon dard hai' (take up the case latter, why do you have a stomach ache following the case)," Shah asked Sibal.

  • Vajpayee govt created Jharkhand; Modi developed state, wiped out Naxalism: Amit Shah Dec 16, 2019 03:01 PM IST

    Vajpayee govt created Jharkhand; Modi developed state, wiped out Naxalism: Amit Shah

    Addressing a poll meeting here, he said it was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government that created Jharkhand, and the Narendra Modi dispensation worked for its development after burying Naxalism 20 feet under the earth.

  • Asked time from Amit Shah to discuss deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal Dec 16, 2019 01:28 PM IST

    Asked time from Amit Shah to discuss deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

    "I am very worried about the deteriorating law and order in Delhi. Peace should be restored immediately in Delhi - for this, I have asked Home Minister Amit Shah for an appointment," Kejriwal said.

  • Congress stoking violence against amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah Dec 14, 2019 02:44 PM IST

    Congress stoking violence against amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah

    Shah, addressing an election rally here, said that the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has caused a "stomach ache" to the opposition party.

  • Modi govt will try to address concerns over Citizenship Act, Amit Shah assures Tripura delegations Dec 13, 2019 08:05 AM IST

    Modi govt will try to address concerns over Citizenship Act, Amit Shah assures Tripura delegations

    The home minister also had a separate meeting with Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman, the head of the royal family of Tripura, and Tripura People's Front (TPF) president Patal Kanya Jamatia on the matter.

  • Modi, Shah should tell if they want to create Hindu nation: Gehlot Dec 12, 2019 09:45 PM IST

    Modi, Shah should tell if they want to create Hindu nation: Gehlot

    The Rajasthan CM said the BJP misled and provoked people in the name of nationalism but Rahul Gandhi could counter them through issue-based politics

  • Internet cut-off, people in Assam can't read your 'reassuring' message: Congress to PM Dec 12, 2019 12:06 PM IST

    Internet cut-off, people in Assam can't read your 'reassuring' message: Congress to PM

    In a series of tweets, in both Assamese and English, the prime minister said he personally and the Central government are "totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6."

  • From 'landmark day' to 'dark day': How political leaders described passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha Dec 12, 2019 10:40 AM IST

    From 'landmark day' to 'dark day': How political leaders described passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha

    The Opposition has termed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill "unconstitutional", "divisive" and "an assault on the democratic and secular fabric of the nation"

  • Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha: Amit Shah says Indian Muslims 'were, are and will remain' citizens Dec 11, 2019 01:22 PM IST

    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha: Amit Shah says Indian Muslims 'were, are and will remain' citizens

    The bill, which prevents Muslim migrants from neighbouring countries from receiving citizenship, has sparked protests and fear around the country.

  • Federal US commission calls CAB 'dangerous turn in wrong direction', seeks sanctions on Amit Shah if Bill is passed Dec 10, 2019 08:30 AM IST

    Federal US commission calls CAB 'dangerous turn in wrong direction', seeks sanctions on Amit Shah if Bill is passed

    Shah on December 9 introduced the controversial bill in Lok Sabha, where it was passed with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it, will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha for its nod.

  • Rahul Gandhi lashes out at PM Modi, Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman Dec 05, 2019 07:20 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi lashes out at PM Modi, Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman

    The Congress leader, who is on a three-day visit to Wayanad, said his party will oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aimed at providing citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

  • Country in trouble as PM Modi, Amit Shah live in 'imaginary' world: Rahul Gandhi Dec 05, 2019 11:36 AM IST

    Country in trouble as PM Modi, Amit Shah live in 'imaginary' world: Rahul Gandhi

    Beginning his three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in north Kerala, Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi is in trouble as the "imaginary world," which he has created is falling apart.

  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra targets Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath over law and order in UP Dec 05, 2019 11:27 AM IST

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra targets Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath over law and order in UP

    "Yesterday the home minister of the country and the Uttar Pradesh chief minister clearly lied that law and order in Uttar Pradesh has become better. Seeing such incidents everyday angers the mind. BJP leaders should now come out of false propaganda," Gandhi said in a tweet.

  • Jharkhand Assembly Election: Will BJP's solo act bear fruit? Dec 03, 2019 07:26 PM IST

    Jharkhand Assembly Election: Will BJP's solo act bear fruit?

    An analysis of the 2014 state elections shows that BJP’s reliance on a multi-cornered contest favouring them is likely to cause a dent

  • No pardon has been given to Balwant Singh Rajoana: Amit Shah Dec 03, 2019 12:52 PM IST

    No pardon has been given to Balwant Singh Rajoana: Amit Shah

    During the Question Hour, Congress member from Punjab Ravneet Singh Bittu sought a response from Shah on why Rajoana was pardoned.

  • India's economic growth likely to remain subdued in near future: Dun & Bradstreet report Dec 02, 2019 02:15 PM IST

    India's economic growth likely to remain subdued in near future: Dun & Bradstreet report

    According to a Dun & Bradstreet report, a pick-up in the industrial production will only be gradual as investment remains subdued.

  • Jharkhand Assembly Election | Your votes to decide if state will walk on path of development or Naxalism, says Amit Shah Dec 02, 2019 02:13 PM IST

    Jharkhand Assembly Election | Your votes to decide if state will walk on path of development or Naxalism, says Amit Shah

    Addressing a poll meeting here, he challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is also in Jharkhand, to give an account of his party's development programmes in the region over the past 55 years.

  • No more repatriation of Brus in future: Amit Shah assures delegation Dec 02, 2019 11:38 AM IST

    No more repatriation of Brus in future: Amit Shah assures delegation

    Altogether 1,165 Brus, belonging to 289 families, returned to Mizoram from the six relief camps of Tripura during the ninth round of the government-sponsored repatriation exercise, a state home department official had said.

  • India to become $5 trillion economy by 2024: Amit Shah Dec 01, 2019 03:36 PM IST

    India to become $5 trillion economy by 2024: Amit Shah

    India is already a destination of global companies due to its huge market and FDI is at record level today, Amit Shah said.

  • Govt, BJP strongly condemn Pragya's remarks on Godse: Amit Shah Dec 01, 2019 08:01 AM IST

    Govt, BJP strongly condemn Pragya's remarks on Godse: Amit Shah

    The BJP barred Pragya Thakur from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

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