New Delhi: Amit Shah, a close confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was on Sunday elected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president for a full three-year term, retaining the post he has held since the party took power in the country in 2014.
Know more about the man:
- Th 51-year-old Shah took charge of the party in August 2014 from now Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
- Shah is a science graduate and the son of a businessman.
- Amit Shah moved towards the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in Gujarat in his young days, and later took to student politics.
- He met Modi in 1982, and the two have remained close since then.
- He joined the BJP in 1986 -- a year before Modi did. A four-time legislator in Gujarat, Shah was a home minister in the state when he was embroiled in a fake encounter case.
- Amit Shah rose to fame when he, as the party in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, led the BJP to a grand victory in the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle where it won 71 of the 80 seats. An ally won two more seats.
- It was the General Election where Shah and Modi combined to lead the party to a spectacular victory, ending 10 long years of Congress rule.
- His reputation as a strategic organiser took a beating when the Aam Aadmi Party routed the BJP in the Delhi Assembly Election in February last year -- the first popularity test after the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP was again defeated in the Bihar Assembly Election in November 2015.