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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 flags off 'Run for Unity' to commemorate 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Oct 31, 2019 08:36 AM IST

    Amit Shah flags off 'Run for Unity' to commemorate 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

    The 'Run for Unity', which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities, sports enthusiasts and personnel of central police forces among others.

  • Articles 370, 35A were gateway of terrorism into J&K: Amit Shah Oct 31, 2019 08:02 AM IST

    Articles 370, 35A were gateway of terrorism into J&K: Amit Shah

    Shah also said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's unfullfilled dream of integrating Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country was accomplished on August 5 when Article 370 and 35A were repealed.

  • Speak truth on 50:50 formula agreed between Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray: Sanjay Raut Oct 28, 2019 05:37 PM IST

    Speak truth on 50:50 formula agreed between Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray: Sanjay Raut

    The demand by Sena MP Sanjay Raut came shortly after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote met state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, amid the ongoing tussle between the ruling alliance partners over forming the next state government.

  • Will Amit Shah meet Uddhav Thackeray on October 30? Oct 28, 2019 10:35 AM IST

    Will Amit Shah meet Uddhav Thackeray on October 30?

    Shah's meeting, if it happens, with Thackeray assumes huge political significance given the Sena's demand for equal sharing of power in the next government in view of the senior ally BJP's weakened tally.

  • BJP-JJP to form government in Haryana: Amit Shah Oct 25, 2019 10:03 PM IST

    BJP-JJP to form government in Haryana: Amit Shah

    BJP leader Amit Shah announced that it has offered the deputy chief minister's post to JJP with Manohar Lal Khattar taking oath as the new CM for a second term.

  • Bengal govt urges MHA to rethink on entrusting Guv's security with CRPF Oct 23, 2019 11:04 AM IST

    Bengal govt urges MHA to rethink on entrusting Guv's security with CRPF

    The state government, in a letter to the MHA, has also sought to know the reasons why it was not consulted before the decision to hand over the governor's security to the CRPF was taken.

  • Amit Shah to celebrate Diwali during 4-day visit to Gujarat Oct 22, 2019 06:24 PM IST

    Amit Shah to celebrate Diwali during 4-day visit to Gujarat

    Shah is expected to celebrate Diwali and Gujarati New Year on October 27-28 along with his family in his home state, a senior BJP leader said here.

  • Amit Shah turns 55: A look at his journey from grassroots RSS worker to Union Home Minister Oct 22, 2019 01:25 PM IST

    Amit Shah turns 55: A look at his journey from grassroots RSS worker to Union Home Minister

    Amit Shah is so indispensable to the BJP that he continues as party chief even after his appointment as the Home Minister of India, and despite that fact that the BJP usually follows the one-man, one-post rule

  • PM Modi greets Home Minister Amit Shah on his 55th birthday Oct 22, 2019 09:40 AM IST

    PM Modi greets Home Minister Amit Shah on his 55th birthday

    "Birthday greetings to my colleague in the Union Cabinet, a hardworking, experienced and an able organisational person. While playing an important role in government, he is making a valuable contribution to make India stronger and safer," the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

  • Govt will ensure good working environment, health for police personnel: Amit Shah Oct 21, 2019 09:45 AM IST

    Govt will ensure good working environment, health for police personnel: Amit Shah

    Addressing a joint column of police and paramilitary personnel after paying homage to police martyrs, Shah said India's stride into the world as a powerful nation is ensured by the work of these men and women in khaki who render dedicated national service.

  • Will talk to Shah if needed: Bangladesh Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on BSF jawan's killing Oct 19, 2019 04:30 PM IST

    Will talk to Shah if needed: Bangladesh Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on BSF jawan's killing

    Noting that a "misunderstanding between the forces" led to the killing of Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Vijay Bhan Singh, Khan said, "Steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents don't recur. If needed, I will talk to Amit Shah to defuse the situation."

  • Amit Shah directs security forces to display Sardar Patel's portrait in offices Oct 18, 2019 08:37 PM IST

    Amit Shah directs security forces to display Sardar Patel's portrait in offices

    The home minister has directed all central security forces to display Patel's portrait in their offices with the following Hindi message: 'Bharat Ki Suraksha Aur Ekta Ko Ham Akshun Rakhenge' (We will keep the security and unity of India intact).

  • Assembly Elections 2019: Why does abrogation of Article 370 resonate more among Haryana voters? Oct 18, 2019 01:32 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2019: Why does abrogation of Article 370 resonate more among Haryana voters?

    Amit Shah told Network 18 Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi that abrogation of Article 370 has strengthened the party’s position in Haryana

  • News18 Exclusive | NRC will be implemented across India before 2024, says Amit Shah Oct 17, 2019 10:26 PM IST

    News18 Exclusive | NRC will be implemented across India before 2024, says Amit Shah

    Shah also shed light on Uniform Civil Code, saying the BJP "will act on it at the right time".

  • Haryana Assembly Election | Abrogation of Article 370 strengthened BJP’s position in state: Amit Shah Oct 17, 2019 12:05 PM IST

    Haryana Assembly Election | Abrogation of Article 370 strengthened BJP’s position in state: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah said another big factor that has worked in BJP's favour in Haryana is Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar having maintained a corruption-free image

  • Maharashtra Assembly Election | BJP open to idea of offering deputy CM post to Shiv Sena: Amit Shah Oct 17, 2019 10:35 AM IST

    Maharashtra Assembly Election | BJP open to idea of offering deputy CM post to Shiv Sena: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah also predicted a two-thirds majority for the NDA in Maharashtra and did not ruled out his party getting an absolute majority on its own

  • No rift between BJP, JD(U); will contest Bihar polls under Nitish Kumar’s leadership: Amit Shah Oct 17, 2019 09:53 AM IST

    No rift between BJP, JD(U); will contest Bihar polls under Nitish Kumar’s leadership: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah added that at the national level, BJP and JD(U) are working under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in the state they will do so under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar

  • Maharashtra Assembly Election: Amit Shah says BJP can get majority on its own Oct 17, 2019 09:32 AM IST

    Maharashtra Assembly Election: Amit Shah says BJP can get majority on its own

    However, in an exclusive interview to Network 18’s Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi, did not ruled out the BJP getting an absolute majority on its own

  • Article 370 abrogation decisive battle for peace in J&K: Home Minister Amit Shah Oct 15, 2019 12:31 PM IST

    Article 370 abrogation decisive battle for peace in J&K: Home Minister Amit Shah

    Attending the 35th Raising Day celebrations of the counter-terror force NSG as the chief guest here, Shah said the recent decision to repeal special provisions in J and K will help to "completely eradicate" the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism from the Kashmir Valley.

  • New BJP president by December: Amit Shah Oct 14, 2019 10:14 PM IST

    New BJP president by December: Amit Shah

    With the BJP generally following the norm of 'one person one post', it was expected that Shah will make way for a new leader after being inducted as a Cabinet minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his government.

  • Amit Shah to address top officials of ATS from states Oct 13, 2019 07:20 PM IST

    Amit Shah to address top officials of ATS from states

    The conference, also to be addressed by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, is expected to formulate a comprehensive counter-terrorism action plan and how to enhance cooperation among ATS of different states.

  • Kedarnath reconstruction projects being monitored through drones: Amit Shah Oct 12, 2019 02:31 PM IST

    Kedarnath reconstruction projects being monitored through drones: Amit Shah

    Emphasising on the need to use technology for good governance, Shah while addressing the 14th annual convention of the Central Information Commission (CIC) here, said that the government has used technology in several initiatives like Jan Dhan accounts, Aadhaar, mobile and usage of Gem portal for purchasing.

  • Amit Shah to be chief guest at NHRC's 26th foundation day function on Saturday Oct 11, 2019 06:44 PM IST

    Amit Shah to be chief guest at NHRC's 26th foundation day function on Saturday

    Justice H L Dattu, Chairperson of the NHRC will preside over the function, a senior official said.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah to be chief guest at 14th CIC convention Oct 11, 2019 01:20 PM IST

    Home Minister Amit Shah to be chief guest at 14th CIC convention

    The convention, a key feature of the CIC which is the highest adjudicating body for RTI matters, is an occasion for information commissioners from across the country, officials handling information seeking applications, and applicants to deliberate on issues affecting the transparency system.

  • Law & order situation in West Bengal: BJP seeks time from Amit Shah and President Ram Nath Kovind Oct 11, 2019 10:25 AM IST

    Law & order situation in West Bengal: BJP seeks time from Amit Shah and President Ram Nath Kovind

    This comes in the backdrop of the gruesome triple murder in Murshidabad district and alleged attack on BJP workers across the state.

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