Amit Shah, a name that needs no introduction is the 31st and the current Home Minister of India. He has also served as the BJP President from 2014 to 2020. Amit Shah became the youngest full-time Home Minister of India at the age of 54. From the member of ABVP (during his college days) until the Home Minister of India, Shah has covered a long journey full of ups and downs.
Amit Shah’s journey teaches us the importance of hard work and perseverance. Shah is a close associate of PM Narendra Modi and it’s considered that there is nothing that Shah can’t achieve. Let’s have a glimpse at his journey that made him the ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics:
– Amit Shah joined ABVP at the age of 18 in 1983 and joined BJP in 1987.
– Shah came into limelight for his outstanding management as an election campaign manager for L.K. Advani in 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
– In 1995 Gujarat elections, Shah along with Modi created a strong network of 8000 influential rural leaders. This was the groundwork that led BJP to make its first government in Gujarat in 1995.
– In 1999, after being elected as the President of the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB), in just one year, Shah turned the losses on 36 crores into a profit of 27 crores. This was an unbelievable performance and showed truly exceptional financial and leadership skills.
– In the 2002 Gujarat assembly elections, Shah won by the highest margin amongst all the candidates. Shah was the youngest minister in the Modi government and held 12 portfolios at a single time making him the most powerful leader in the government.
– Shah played a major role in passing the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act’ that made religious conversions quite difficult in a Hindu majority state.
– In 2010, Amit Shah was accused of having orchestrated the extrajudicial killings of a criminal Sohrabuddin Sheikh, and was exiled from Gujarat for 2 years.
– In 2014’s general elections, Shah was in-charge of UP and won 73 out of 80 seats. This was the reason BJP could form a government with an absolute majority. Shah is the one who suggested Modi to fight elections from the Varanasi seat.
– Under his leadership only, BJP won 312 out of 403 seats in UP forming the government in the biggest state of India.
– Shah repeated his victory in the 2019 general elections even with a bigger margin. He campaigned over 312 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, held 161 public meetings, and more than 1500 internal BJP meetings. Success doesn’t come overnight, it takes sheer hard work and this is one of the biggest examples.
– In 2019, Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Amit Shah is a Minister of Home Affairs. Looking at this exceptional journey, Amit Shah is truly the ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics.