Amit Shah, the current President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was born on October 22, 1964. He is also a member of the Rajya Sabha. Shah was BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Amit Shah was elected as MLA from Sarkhej, Gujarat for four consecutive polls, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2007. He is a close associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Amit Shah was born in Mumbai and comes from a well-to-do Gujarati Baniya family. His father, Anil Shah was a businessman. He graduated with a degree in B.Sc(biochemistry) and also handled his father's business for some time. Amit Shah is married to Sonal Shah. The couple has a son Jay Shah.
Shah started his political career as a leader of the student wing of RSS. He was involved with RSS since he was a child. and took part in the neighbourhood shakhas as a boy. He met Narendra Modi in 1982 through Ahmedabad RSS circles.
Amit Shah joined BJP in 1986 and became an activist of BJP youth wing Morcha in 1987 and gradually rose. Narendra Modi had joined one year after Amit Shah joined the party. Shah also campaigned for LK Advani in Gandhinagar during the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
In the 1990s, during the government of Keshubhai Patel in Gujarat, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi were able to convince a lot of people to join the BJP.
BJP also started to win elections for cooperative banks, milk dairies and agriculture market communities. This helped BJP in establishing political strength.
Under Shah's chairmanship, the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank showed profits. The bank also declared a dividend for the first time in a decade.
Shah emerged as one of the most powerful leaders during Narendra Modi's twelve-year tenure as the Gujarat chief minister. He also became the youngest minister in the Modi government.
Shah also played an important role in convincing the Modi government to pass the Gujarat Freedom Religion Act. According to the act, religious conversions were made difficult in Gujarat. Even though his opponents argued that the Act was against the rights given by the Indian Constitution but Shah defended the bill.
Amit Shah has also served as the President of Gujarat State Chess Association. He became the vice-president of the Gujarat Cricket Association in 2009 only to take over as its President in 2014.
Amit Shah's commitment to ideology is the most critical determinant in his politics apart from the value of his workers and the sanctity of his workplace. One of the things which set him apart is that he remembers most party workers by their names. He is a strict vegetarian, nonsmoker and a teetotaller
Many call Amit Shah as the modern-day Chanakya as he has remarkable administrative and governance expertise.
As the party president of BJP, Shah gives regular inputs to Union ministers while interacting with them. As a Rajya Sabha member, Shah makes important contributions in policy-making.
Shah did a perfect job in making and implementing a multi-prolonged, well-planned electoral strategy which was planned to the T. He moves in tandem with the government's overall agenda.
Shah is also fond of reading political treatises. He read Kautilya's Arthashastra at the age of nine. She often says, "success of a project depends on its secrecy."
In 2016, Shah was made the trustee of the Somnath temple trust. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and LK Advani are also the trustees. Aadi Jyothirlinga Shri Somnath Mahadev Temple is one of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas.
Despite his hectic schedule and numerous public engagements, Amit Shah loves to listen to classical music, play chess and watch a game of cricket. He also has a keen interest in stage performances and has been a performer many times when he was a student.
Amit Shah, the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Here's a look at his political journey All pics: Amit Shah's Instagram