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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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  • 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.

  • Amit Shah to address three political rallies in Maharashtra on Friday Oct 10, 2019 09:42 PM IST

    Amit Shah to address three political rallies in Maharashtra on Friday

    On Thursday, he addressed four rallies in Maharashtra during which he attacked the Congress-NCP alliance.

  • Infiltrators will be thrown out of India: Amit Shah Oct 10, 2019 08:50 PM IST

    Infiltrators will be thrown out of India: Amit Shah

    The BJP chief made the announcement at a campaign rally here for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

  • Maharashtra Assembly Election: Congress-NCP opposed PM Modi's great job of abrogating Art 370, says Amit Shah Oct 10, 2019 01:35 PM IST

    Maharashtra Assembly Election: Congress-NCP opposed PM Modi's great job of abrogating Art 370, says Amit Shah

    Lavishing praise on Narendra Modi for doing a "great job" of abrogating Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said the prime minister has ensured national security.

  • Maharashtra Assembly Election: Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray to address rallies in Amravati on October 11 Oct 10, 2019 11:42 AM IST

    Maharashtra Assembly Election: Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray to address rallies in Amravati on October 11

    Shah will address a public gathering in Melghat constituency, a tribal belt where the BJP has fielded Ramesh Mavaskar, a fresh fresh, in place of sitting MLA Prabhudas Bhilavekar.

  • Every illegal migrant will be evicted before next LS polls, says Amit Shah Oct 09, 2019 08:20 PM IST

    Every illegal migrant will be evicted before next LS polls, says Amit Shah

    In Kaithal, Shah made it clear that illegal immigration and the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) remained a Bharatiya Janata Party priority.

  • Modi formed OBC panel which earlier govts didn't do: Shah Oct 08, 2019 03:55 PM IST

    Modi formed OBC panel which earlier govts didn't do: Shah

    The BJP-led central government has been undertaking several developmental projects, he added.

  • J&K won't remain UT forever; statehood to be restored once situation improves: Amit Shah Oct 07, 2019 07:18 PM IST

    J&K won't remain UT forever; statehood to be restored once situation improves: Amit Shah

    The home minister said the notion that only the Article 370 protected the Kashmiri culture and identity was a wrong one, saying all regional identities are inherently protected by the Indian constitution

  • Haryana Assembly Elections 2019: PM Modi to address four rallies, including Dadri and Hisar Oct 07, 2019 08:06 AM IST

    Haryana Assembly Elections 2019: PM Modi to address four rallies, including Dadri and Hisar

    BJP National President Amit Shah, party's Working President JP Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address poll meetings

  • Mizoram CM says people oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill as a "floodgate of illegal immigrants" will open Oct 05, 2019 08:39 PM IST

    Mizoram CM says people oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill as a "floodgate of illegal immigrants" will open

    The Bill will allow minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis etc, to apply for Indian citizenship.

  • In-Depth | The language debate – Is 'imposition' of Hindi a threat to regional languages, or will they survive the sands of time? Oct 04, 2019 03:40 PM IST

    In-Depth | The language debate – Is 'imposition' of Hindi a threat to regional languages, or will they survive the sands of time?

    The debate on if Tamil is the oldest language, or if Tamil is older than Sanskrit is exactly on the lines of – which came first, the chicke or the egg?

  • Kamal Haasan on language row: Hindi is a child in diapers, youngest in family of languages Oct 04, 2019 11:41 AM IST

    Kamal Haasan on language row: Hindi is a child in diapers, youngest in family of languages

    He immediately clarified that the statement was made with immense compassion and affection and was not aimed at deriding the language

  • Amit Shah flags-off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express Oct 03, 2019 10:57 AM IST

    Amit Shah flags-off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express

    The train will run on all days of the week, except Tuesdays and will cut travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the current 12 hours

  • Amit Shah urges people to shun single-use plastic Oct 02, 2019 10:45 AM IST

    Amit Shah urges people to shun single-use plastic

    Addressing a rally at the start of the 'Sankalp Yatra' to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, Shah said even animals are adversely affected due to single-use plastic

  • Will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill before NRC, says Amit Shah in Kolkata Oct 01, 2019 04:16 PM IST

    Will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill before NRC, says Amit Shah in Kolkata

    This is Shah's first visit to West Bengal since he assumed the office of the Union Home Minister earlier this year

  • All eyes on Amit Shah's seminar on NRC, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Kolkata Oct 01, 2019 08:04 AM IST

    All eyes on Amit Shah's seminar on NRC, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Kolkata

    Shah had repeatedly said that NRC will be conducted across India and CM Mamata Banerjee-headed TMC government in West Bengal had avowed that the exercise will not be allowed in the state

  • Jawaharlal Nehru approaching UN on Jammu and Kashmir was more than a Himalayan blunder: Amit Shah Sep 29, 2019 08:00 PM IST

    Jawaharlal Nehru approaching UN on Jammu and Kashmir was more than a Himalayan blunder: Amit Shah

    Shah said there have been lots of rumours and misinformation on Article 370 and those are still going on.

  • Amit Shah to flag off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express on October 3 Sep 27, 2019 08:27 PM IST

    Amit Shah to flag off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express on October 3

    The high-speed train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on way to the Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours from the current 12 hours.

  • Amit Shah chairs meeting to finalise BJP's Maharashtra poll strategy Sep 26, 2019 09:59 PM IST

    Amit Shah chairs meeting to finalise BJP's Maharashtra poll strategy

    The meeting comes amidst reports of unease in saffron alliance in Maharashtra in view of the BJP offering fewer seats to the Sena instead of equal division of seats.

  • Census 2021 will cost Rs 12,000 crore, need 33 lakh people to count every Indian Sep 26, 2019 01:01 PM IST

    Census 2021 will cost Rs 12,000 crore, need 33 lakh people to count every Indian

    The census preparation will focus on teaching officials how to conduct the exercise, as the data will be collected through a mobile app for the first time.

  • Gandhi family didn't want Modi, Shah to stay alive, alleges Baba Ramdev; faces criticism Sep 26, 2019 12:53 PM IST

    Gandhi family didn't want Modi, Shah to stay alive, alleges Baba Ramdev; faces criticism

    Ramdev also claimed that former union minister P Chidambaram had conspired to put Shah in jail and was planning to send Modi to gallows

  • Amit Shah proposes multipurpose ID card: What is it and how feasible is it for India? Sep 25, 2019 07:43 PM IST

    Amit Shah proposes multipurpose ID card: What is it and how feasible is it for India?

    Shah has argued that if a digital Census is done properly and in the right format, then it is possible that there is one nodal card, which would envisage all other identification cards and documents

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