THE Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest confidant Amit Shah has been appointed as Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) new president. Central Home Minister and former BJP president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday declared Amit Shah as his successor.
Shah, Involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since childhood. He became RSS volunteer during his college days in Ahmedabad. He joined the ABVP in 1983, the BJP in 1986. Soon with his organizational skills Shah became an activist of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in 1987 and continued to rise in its hierarchy.
Shah has controversial past. He is an accused of fake encounters involving Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsi Prajapati. Shah spent three months in the Sabarmati jail before he secured bail in 2010.
Born in Mumbai in 1964, he was elected MLA from Gujarat’s Sarkhej in four consecutive elections in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2007. He later shifted his constituency to Naranpura Assembly seat in 2012.
During announcement Singh accepted Amit Shah’s management skills and credited as extra-ordinary political performance with the BJP’s success in Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh.