Owing to his aggressive speeches and campaigning style, Amit Shah has always been perceived as a notorious figure in the Indian politics. This is the reason why leaders and party member of BJP in Uttar Pradesh were in utter dismay when he was chosen to lead the charge in the state for the Lok Sabha Elections, 2014. Working in absolute harmony with a crack team, however, Modi’s man on Friday and forever successfully led his party to the highest-ever score in UP, making people want to see the other side of his personality!
Here are things you should know about this prominent leader and now BJP’s man of the match:
5. Amit Shah Hails from a Non-political Background
Amit Shah was born as Amitbhai Anilchandra to a rich businessman, Anilchandra Shah, in Bombay in 1964. Despite his non-political family background and a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, he chose to become a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leader. Later, Shah joined BJP and managed election campaigns for Lal Krishna Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
4. The Man with an Inquisitive Mind and Grit to Win
Shah was able to do a commendable job of financial management while handling as many as ten different portfolios including Law and Home after Narendra Modi’s victory in the Gujarat assembly polls of 2002. After this, he was regarded as highly skilled in governance, especially the finance management aspect.
His real chance of proving to be a man of learning, however, came when he was banished from Gujarat for two years by the Supreme Court, confirming his role in the much-talked-about Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. From 2010 to 2012, he utilized his time to unite with veterans of different areas of work in Delhi, honing his knowledge about dedicated aspects of governance.
Though Shah received management skills as a legacy from his grandfather who was a prominent administrator in the ancient Mansa princely State, his determination towards polishing his abilities can’t be overlooked. Despite getting expelled from Gujarat, he made a solid comeback to mark a historical win for BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections!
3. From a Stock Broker to Modi’s Trusted Adviser
Before joining BJP and coming in contact with Lal Krishna Advani, Amit Shah worked as a stockbroker. His political relations with Narendra Modi go back to 1980s as both of them joined the Bharatiya Janata Party around the same time. It was Modi who induced Keshubhai Patel, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, to appoint Amit Shah the chairperson of Gujarat State Finance Corporation in the year 1995.
Shah made the most of this important position to observe the state BJP, and was given charge of several major sections including Home, Parliamentary Affairs, and Law and Justice after Modi’s thrashing win in 2002’s Gujarat assembly polls.
2. A Specialist Election Manager and Strategist
Amit Shah managed election campaigns for the candidacies of Lal Krishna Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1991 and 1996, respectively. This helped him emerge as an excellent election manager and strategist.
Living up to his standing as modern-day Chanakya in the area of politics, Shah tackled the delicate circumstances well in Uttar Pradesh and campaigned aggressively for the BJP for the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. Although his hard-line comments on Muzzafarnagar Riots and speeches that raised many Hindutva issues seemed to get him into trouble, he was effective as the BJP spokesperson and gave Modi ample time to concentrate on more important aspect of national development.
1. As the Social-Media Architect of BJP’s Win
Amit Shah is not only an accomplished political thinker, but is also able to reveal thorough knowledge of every matter, whether he has to talk about rural development, defence or finance-related issues. This science graduate came up with a foolproof master plan for BJP’s splendid win in Uttar Pradesh. He set up a proper social media war room comprising of many skilled individuals who, sitting in Lucknow, kept an eye on every political activity and news from across the country.
This helped him keep a track of all the latest occurrences and look into the common-man matters including their problems. The level of information gathered through this social media campaign was also helpful in listing up the resources required to ensure victory in elections.