Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah is an Indian politician from Gujarat and the current President of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).
Here are the some facts you should know about Amit Shah
- Amit Shah hails from Non-Political Background.
- The Man with an Inquisitive Mind and Grit to Win
- From a Stock Broker to Modi’s Trusted Adviser
- A Specialist Election Manager and Strategist
- As the Social-Media Architect of BJP’s Win
Amit Shah was born in Bombay in a Jain Gujarati-Baniya family. His father Anilchandra Shah is a business man from Mansa, owned a successful PVC pipe business.
Amit Shah did his schooling in Mehsana and moved to Ahmedabad to study biochemistry at CU Shah Science College. He graduated with a B.sc degree in biochemistry, and then worked for his father’s business. He also worked as a stockbroker in co-operators banks in Ahmedabad.
Shah was involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood. Formally he became an RSS swayamsevak during his college days in Ahmedabad.
He first met Narendra Modi in 1982 through Ahmedabad RSS circles, at that time Modi was an RSS pracharak (propagator, working as in-charge of youth activities in city.
Political Career of Amit Shah:
Amit Shah started his political career as a leader of the student of the RSS, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, in 1983.
He joined BJP in 1986, one year before Narendra Modi joined the party. In 1987 he became an activist of BJP’s youth wing Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
He then gradually rose in BJYM hierchy, holding various posts including ward secretary, taluka secretary, state secretary, vice-president and general secretary. He campaigned for Lal Krishna Advani in Gandhinagar during the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
In 1995, BJP formed its first government in Gujarat, with Keshubhai patel as the Chief Minister. During this time Indian National Congress was highly influential in rural Gujarat. Modi and Shah worked together to decimate Congress in rural areas.
In 1997, Modi lobbied to get Shah a BJP ticket for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly by election in Sarkhej. He was elected as an MLA from Sarkhej in four consecutive elections: 1997 (by-election), 1998, 2002 and 2007.
In 1999, Shah was elected as the President of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB), the biggest cooperative bank in India.
Shah served as the President of Gujarat State Chess Association. In 2009, he became the vice-president of the cash-rich Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), when Narendra Modi served as its President.
In 2014, after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India, Shah became the President of GCA.