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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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  • A combined Aadhaar, PAN and passport? Amit Shah moots idea of one ID card Sep 23, 2019 12:30 PM IST

    A combined Aadhaar, PAN and passport? Amit Shah moots idea of one ID card

    Shah said Census 2021 data will be the base for the country's future planning, development initiatives and welfare schemes

  • Amit Shah urges states to shun politics to mitigate water woes Sep 21, 2019 09:16 AM IST

    Amit Shah urges states to shun politics to mitigate water woes

    According to a Haryana government release, Home Minister Shah also put the larger onus of resolving the dispute on Punjab, describing it as Haryana's "elder brother".

  • Explained | Politics, history and the current row over Hindi language Sep 20, 2019 01:34 PM IST

    Explained | Politics, history and the current row over Hindi language

    Seeking to put a rest to the controversy over his remarks on Hindi, Amit Shah said he never asked for imposition of Hindi anywhere in the country but advocated its use as the second language

  • Always pitched for growth of regional languages, Hindi should be 2nd language: Amit Shah Sep 18, 2019 08:21 PM IST

    Always pitched for growth of regional languages, Hindi should be 2nd language: Amit Shah

    Shah said he has been repeatedly pitching for strengthening regional languages.

  • Those bearing difficulties during reforms have right to enjoy fruits later: Amit Shah Sep 17, 2019 07:06 PM IST

    Those bearing difficulties during reforms have right to enjoy fruits later: Amit Shah

    Shah said there may be some initial problems like in case of the GST but such difficulties will be over soon.

  • Regional BJP allies express displeasure over Amit Shah's 'one nation, one language' statement Sep 17, 2019 06:03 PM IST

    Regional BJP allies express displeasure over Amit Shah's 'one nation, one language' statement

    The AIADMK, a BJP ally, stated that while the party believes in nationalism and 'one India policy', it does not subscribe to the 'one language' idea.

  • India ready to act strongly on territorial breaches: Home Minister Amit Shah Sep 17, 2019 03:47 PM IST

    India ready to act strongly on territorial breaches: Home Minister Amit Shah

    Shah criticised the previous Congress regime for not adopting a comprehensive national security policy.

  • Seva Saptah: Amit Shah mops floor at AIIMS, launches BJP’s week-long drive to mark PM Modi’s birthday Sep 14, 2019 11:45 AM IST

    Seva Saptah: Amit Shah mops floor at AIIMS, launches BJP’s week-long drive to mark PM Modi’s birthday

    The BJP has been celebrating Modi's birthday in a similar manner since he became prime minister in 2014.

  • Amit Shah to hold meeting with Bengal BJP unit Sep 10, 2019 10:38 PM IST

    Amit Shah to hold meeting with Bengal BJP unit

    Party sources said on Tuesday that state BJP president Dilip Ghosh and senior leader Mukul Roy will take part in the meeting which will discuss organisational issues and the upcoming BJP organisational elections in the state.

  • Reintroduction of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Amit Shah tries to address Northeast allies’ concerns Sep 10, 2019 01:03 PM IST

    Reintroduction of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Amit Shah tries to address Northeast allies’ concerns

    Some of BJP’s allies have voiced concerns over reintroduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. They fear that CAB could alter the demography of the northeastern states

  • If BJP opens its door, only Sharad Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan will remain in NCP, Congress: Amit Shah Sep 03, 2019 08:03 PM IST

    If BJP opens its door, only Sharad Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan will remain in NCP, Congress: Amit Shah

    Sharad Pawar is the president of the NCP while Chavan is a senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Maharashtra.

  • India's microeconomic fundamentals are quite strong: Amit Shah Aug 29, 2019 10:15 PM IST

    India's microeconomic fundamentals are quite strong: Amit Shah

    Shah's positive assessment of Asia's third largest economy came amid talks of a slowdown in economic activity.

  • Modi asks ministers to work on development schemes, projects for Jammu and Kashmir Aug 28, 2019 10:25 PM IST

    Modi asks ministers to work on development schemes, projects for Jammu and Kashmir

    Defending the restrictions, Amit Shah said it is in larger good and asserted that there is no blanket ban on communication or people's movement.

  • Akali Dal forms 7-member committee to take up Ravidas temple issue with Centre Aug 28, 2019 08:39 PM IST

    Akali Dal forms 7-member committee to take up Ravidas temple issue with Centre

    The SAD president and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently and urged him to sympathetically consider the demand of the community for rebuilding the temple at the site.

  • Kargil War hero under investigation after faking identity to fly Amit Shah, BSF begins probe Aug 27, 2019 07:50 PM IST

    Kargil War hero under investigation after faking identity to fly Amit Shah, BSF begins probe

    For a pilot to fly a VIP, he/she needs to have a minimum of 500 hours of flying hours. And the pre-requisite to fly the Home Minister is in excess of 1,000 hours

  • PM Modi govt has rewritten grammar of change: Amit Shah Aug 23, 2019 08:00 PM IST

    PM Modi govt has rewritten grammar of change: Amit Shah

    Union home minister also took a swipe at the Congress, saying it has had eight opportunities to serve India with full majority governments, but not even 10 of their measures stand out for ushering in transformational change.

  • Centre to assess flood damage in states on its own: Amit Shah Aug 22, 2019 07:07 PM IST

    Centre to assess flood damage in states on its own: Amit Shah

    Shah expressed concern for the flood victims in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa

  • Twitterati recall Amit Shah’s arrest when P Chidambaram was Home Minister Aug 22, 2019 12:24 PM IST

    Twitterati recall Amit Shah’s arrest when P Chidambaram was Home Minister

    Soon after Chidambaram arrested, Twitter was flooded with posts comparing it this with Amit Shah's arrest

  • Utilise public support for J&K move during Assembly polls, Amit Shah tells senior leaders: Report Aug 21, 2019 06:53 PM IST

    Utilise public support for J&K move during Assembly polls, Amit Shah tells senior leaders: Report

    During a meeting of core group leaders of poll-bound states, Shah held "detailed discussions" on the party machinery's preparations, and ways to maximise its on-ground strength

  • NSA Ajit Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir; reviews security situation Aug 19, 2019 03:44 PM IST

    NSA Ajit Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir; reviews security situation

    This was for the first time that Doval met Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days and personally monitored the situation.

  • Politics of appeasement was reason for continuance of triple talaq: Amit Shah Aug 18, 2019 06:43 PM IST

    Politics of appeasement was reason for continuance of triple talaq: Amit Shah

    Coming down heavily on the Congress, he said the party has "no shame" and continues to oppose the law on triple talaq.

  • Amit Shah likely to take party's active membership from Telangana Aug 12, 2019 08:44 PM IST

    Amit Shah likely to take party's active membership from Telangana

    Taking active membership is a symbolism which Shah is showcasing as he considers Telangana as the priority state to come to power in the next elections, according to BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao.

  • Maharashtra flood toll rises to 40; Amit Shah conducts aerial survey Aug 12, 2019 08:10 AM IST

    Maharashtra flood toll rises to 40; Amit Shah conducts aerial survey

    An official from the CMO said CM Fadnavis briefed Amit Shah in the morning about the current flood situation and the measures undertaken in the southern regions of Western Maharashtra

  • Rajinikanth lauds Centre's J&K move, calls PM Modi-Amit Shah 'Krishna-Arjuna combo' Aug 11, 2019 02:55 PM IST

    Rajinikanth lauds Centre's J&K move, calls PM Modi-Amit Shah 'Krishna-Arjuna combo'

    PM Modi and Shah were like Lord Krishna and Arjuna, Rajinikanth said

  • No celebrations: PM Modi asks cabinet ministers to focus on the road ahead in Jammu and Kashmir Aug 08, 2019 07:34 PM IST

    No celebrations: PM Modi asks cabinet ministers to focus on the road ahead in Jammu and Kashmir

    The Prime Minister also reportedly reminded his ministers to bear in mind the “repercussions” of the decision and its effects on a section of people.

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