Amit Shah is an Indian politician belonging to BJP. He is a distinguished leader of the BJP and has extensive experience in his field. Amit Shah is currently National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He played a key role in the emergence of the party as the dominant force of Indian politics and became the face of a brand new BJP.
Amit Shah – Early Life, Education and Political Journey
1] Early Life & Personal Life
Amit Shah (Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah) was born on October 22, 1964. He was born in a wealthy Jain family in Mumbai. His father, Anilchandra Shah, ran a company specializing in PVC pipes.
Amit Shah graduated from Mehsana and obtained a degree in biochemistry from CU Shah Science College in Ahmedabad. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 14.
Amit Shah took care of his father’s business for a while. He briefly worked as a securities broker and also with cooperative banks in Ahmedabad.
Amit Shah is married to Sonal Shah. The couple has a son, Jay Shah.
2] Political Career of Amit Shah
Amit Shah joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 14.
He used to frequent the local shakhas (branches) of the RSS. Shah became a volunteer for RSS at the time of her studies. He met Narendra Modi for the first time in 1982. During these years, Narendra Modi was a Pracharak RSS (promoter) working as a youth outreach manager in Ahmedabad.
The same year, Amit Shah became secretary of the student body of the RSS, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He joined the BJP in 1986. A year later, Amit Shah became an activist in the BJP’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), and progressively rose through the ranks of the party.
He then held a number of important positions within the party, including Secretary of State, Vice-President, and Secretary-General, among others. Amit Shah campaigned for the senior BJP official, L.K. Advani who participated in the 1991 parliamentary elections in the constituency of Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
3] Amit Shah Political Role in Gujarat
Narendra Modi was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001 and Keshubhai Patel was removed from office by the BJP High Command because of poor administrative performance. As a result, Amit Shah has also gained political importance in the state. Modi and Shah managed to ward off their political rivals.
Amit Shah won a landslide victory in the 2002 Gujarat legislature election segment in the Sarkhej Assembly with a margin of nearly 1.60,000 votes. Shah received several ministerial portfolios simultaneously in the Narendra Modi government after his victory in the 2002 elections.
In 2004, the central government led by the UPA decided to repeal the Terror Prevention Act (POTA), but Amit Shah has succeeded in passing the bill on the fight against organized crime in Gujarat (parliament).
Amit Shah also played a key role in the adoption of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, which would make religious conversions difficult. The bill met with a lot of opposition but Shah defended it successfully.
4] Amit Shah’s Entry into National Politics
Amit Shah’s political career was steeped in a new life after the BJP’s overwhelming victory in India’s 2014 general election. The accession of Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister increased the Shah’s influence in the country.
Met Honourable Rashtrapati Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji, along with the NDA delegation and handed over the Letter of Support of all NDA constituents and MP’s stating that Shri Narendra Modi ji has been unanimously elected as the leader of NDA. @rashtrapatibhvn pic.twitter.com/PZ3TN568WL
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 25, 2019
Amit Shah was chosen by the party chairman Rajnath Singh as the leader of Uttar Pradesh. He was appointed secretary general of the party.
Under the supervision of Amit Shah, the BJP was exceptionally successful in winning in Uttar Pradesh by occupying 73 of the state’s 80 parliamentary seats. The party’s high command praised him for his strategic and organizational abilities.
In July 2014, he was unanimously appointed National President of the BJP, replacing former veteran party leader Rajnath Singh. He was re-elected unanimously in January 2016.
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- Amit Shah was allegedly accused of manipulating evidence and influencing witnesses during the 2002 Gujarat riots and also illegally spying on a woman in the false Ishrat Jahan case. The opposition demanded that an investigation be conducted in the “Snoopgate” case. But in May 2014, the woman testified in court that her supervision was based on a personal request. She urged the court to stop any investigation in order to preserve her privacy. Amit Shah called the accusations of political propaganda against him by the opposition parties.
- Amit Shah, who was considered the perfect successor of Narendra Modi as chief minister of Gujarat, was arrested in the Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter case on July 25, 2010. He was charged with murder and extortion. This upset his demand for the CM position. He later asked to be released on bail, but the CBI said he could influence the investigations. Shah was released on bail in October 2010 but was barred from entering Gujarat. Two years later, Amit Shah was allowed to enter Gujarat by the Supreme Court. This allowed Amit Shah to challenge the 2012 Gujarat legislature elections and won the Naranpura constituency.