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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 may continue as BJP chief till December: Report Jun 12, 2019 09:29 AM IST

    Amit Shah may continue as BJP chief till December: Report

    There is a possibility of a working president being appointed to oversee the internal elections

  • Amit Shah to meet BJP national office bearers, state unit chiefs on June 13 Jun 10, 2019 06:55 PM IST

    Amit Shah to meet BJP national office bearers, state unit chiefs on June 13

    Shah, whose three-year term as BJP chief had ended earlier this year, was asked to continue in the position as the party had put on hold organisational elections to focus on Lok Sabha polls.

  • Amit Shah to get late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Krishna Menon Marg residence Jun 07, 2019 08:15 AM IST

    Amit Shah to get late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Krishna Menon Marg residence

    Vajpayee had moved to the Krishna Menon Marg bungalow in 2004 after his government was voted out, and stayed there with his family for nearly 14 years.

  • PM Modi reconstitutes Niti Aayog; Shah ex-officio member Jun 06, 2019 08:44 PM IST

    PM Modi reconstitutes Niti Aayog; Shah ex-officio member

    According to official sources, besides Shah, Defence Minister Rajanth Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will be ex-officio members.

  • Amit Shah takes stock of Jammu and Kashmir; demand for delimitation commission in state increases Jun 04, 2019 08:55 PM IST

    Amit Shah takes stock of Jammu and Kashmir; demand for delimitation commission in state increases

    The home minister was briefed about the ground situation in the sensitive state, which has been hit by militancy for the last three decades and security arrangements being in place there, officials said.

  • Amit Shah admonishes Giriraj Singh for Iftaar tweet, asks him to refrain from making such remarks Jun 04, 2019 07:25 PM IST

    Amit Shah admonishes Giriraj Singh for Iftaar tweet, asks him to refrain from making such remarks

    Singh had posted pictures of top Bihar NDA leaders, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, attending 'Iftar' and questioned as to why people lag behind in observance of their own 'karm-dharm' (religious customs) while staying ahead in making a show for religious rituals of others.

  • Amid rumours of trouble within Bihar NDA, RJD says will welcome Nitish Kumar Jun 04, 2019 07:01 PM IST

    Amid rumours of trouble within Bihar NDA, RJD says will welcome Nitish Kumar

    Kumar's Janata Dal (United) had refused to join the government at the Center after the BJP offered a "symbolic" ministerial berth to its allies.

  • After Amit Shah gets charge of Home Ministry, who will fill the vacant post of BJP President? Jun 04, 2019 04:30 PM IST

    After Amit Shah gets charge of Home Ministry, who will fill the vacant post of BJP President?

    Amid speculations on the name of a probable BJP supremo, JP Nadda has emerged as the likely replacement for Shah.

  • J&K Governor briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation Jun 01, 2019 07:05 PM IST

    J&K Governor briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation

    During the 15-minute meeting, the Governor apprised the home minister about the preparation for the Amarnath Yatra.

  • Governors of J&K, Kerala, Maharashtra and U'khand CM call on Home Minister Amit Shah Jun 01, 2019 06:41 PM IST

    Governors of J&K, Kerala, Maharashtra and U'khand CM call on Home Minister Amit Shah

    Malik, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Shah separately during the day.

  • India's security, welfare of people Modi govt's priority: Shah Jun 01, 2019 04:00 PM IST

    India's security, welfare of people Modi govt's priority: Shah

    Two newly appointed ministers of state for home - G K Reddy and Nityananda Rai - also took charge Saturday.

  • Modi 2.0 Cabinet: Have southern states been given a raw deal? Jun 01, 2019 12:20 PM IST

    Modi 2.0 Cabinet: Have southern states been given a raw deal?

    For instance, Tamil Nadu, which boasted of as many as nine ministers in the UPA-II government in 2009, did not get any representation in Modi 2.0 government.

  • Know your minister | India's 'Chanakya' Amit Shah goes from strategy to administration May 31, 2019 04:01 PM IST

    Know your minister | India's 'Chanakya' Amit Shah goes from strategy to administration

    After masterminding the BJP’s latest and most impressive win in the Lok Sabha elections as the party president, Amit Shah was today appointed as the Home Minister in the Narendra Modi government 2.0.

  • Narendra Modi's swearing-in for second term historic moment for India: Amit Shah May 31, 2019 09:00 AM IST

    Narendra Modi's swearing-in for second term historic moment for India: Amit Shah

    Narendra Modi along with 57 ministers took the oath of office on May 30.

  • Amit Shah to team up with PM Modi to deliver on his governance agenda May 30, 2019 07:25 PM IST

    Amit Shah to team up with PM Modi to deliver on his governance agenda

    Modi's decision to bring Shah in his cabinet signals that he will now play a crucial role in the government, effectively the go-to man for the prime minister, several party leaders believe.

  • CEC Sunil Arora rejects charges of 'bias', says clean chit to Modi, Shah given based on 'appreciation of facts' May 29, 2019 07:55 PM IST

    CEC Sunil Arora rejects charges of 'bias', says clean chit to Modi, Shah given based on 'appreciation of facts'

    Arora also said there are "times to remain quiet and times to speak up", indicating that the issue could have been raised post elections.

  • Nitish Kumar meets Amit Shah ahead of Modi govt's inauguration May 29, 2019 07:00 PM IST

    Nitish Kumar meets Amit Shah ahead of Modi govt's inauguration

    JD(U) leaders are of the view that the Bihar party may get two berths, one with Cabinet rank and another with minister of state profile.

  • Lok Sabha election results 2019| Amit Shah: The orchestrator of BJP’s resounding victory May 27, 2019 01:37 PM IST

    Lok Sabha election results 2019| Amit Shah: The orchestrator of BJP’s resounding victory

    After presiding over the BJP with an iron fist for five years, Amit Shah might be looking at a top post in the Modi cabinet this time

  • Viewpoint | Everyone desires for an Amit Shah but are you ready to be Narendra Modi? May 27, 2019 10:11 AM IST

    Viewpoint | Everyone desires for an Amit Shah but are you ready to be Narendra Modi?

    We all desire that super advisor or effective planner a la ‘Amit Shah’ to either transform our sagging portfolio into a positive and flourishing zone

  • 2019 mandate liberated India from ailments of dynasty, casteism and appeasement: Amit Shah May 25, 2019 10:15 PM IST

    2019 mandate liberated India from ailments of dynasty, casteism and appeasement: Amit Shah

    Addressing the NDA parliamentary party meeting where Narendra Modi was formally elected as the leader of the alliance, Shah said Modi has been elected for a second term because he governed the country by rising above vote-bank politics.

  • Amit Shah wins Gandhinagar seat by margin of 5.57 lakh votes May 23, 2019 09:46 PM IST

    Amit Shah wins Gandhinagar seat by margin of 5.57 lakh votes

    Shah polled 8.94 lakh votes, while Chavda secured 3.37 lakh votes.

  • Lok Sabha Election Result 2019: Amit Shah wins Gandhinagar seat by margin of 5.57 lakh votes May 23, 2019 08:56 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Election Result 2019: Amit Shah wins Gandhinagar seat by margin of 5.57 lakh votes

    Shah polled 8.94 lakh votes, while Chavda secured 3.37 lakh votes.

  • Amit Shah: BJP's 'Chanakya' who strategised and delivered Modi Wave 2.0 May 23, 2019 05:58 PM IST

    Amit Shah: BJP's 'Chanakya' who strategised and delivered Modi Wave 2.0

    The record tally that he has now delivered for the BJP in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections is already being seen by many as something that would be difficult to repeat, though there are others who believe there is more to come as they point towards further inroads to be made in West Bengal, Odisha and in down South.

  • Lok Sabha Polls 2019: BJP set to repeat 2014 clean sweep in Gujarat, Amit Shah expands lead May 23, 2019 05:11 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Polls 2019: BJP set to repeat 2014 clean sweep in Gujarat, Amit Shah expands lead

    With its candidates securing leads of more than three lakh votes in nine seats, the party appeared set to repeat its 2014 performance.

  • This is people's mandate against Opposition's propaganda, says Amit Shah May 23, 2019 03:21 PM IST

    This is people's mandate against Opposition's propaganda, says Amit Shah

    Conveying his greetings to party workers on behalf of Prime Minister Modi, Shah said it was the relentless efforts of the party workers which strengthened the BJP at every booth of the country.

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