Amit Shah was born on 22 October 1964 (age 54 years; as in 2018). His zodiac sign is Libra. His full name is Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah. He did his schooling from a local school of Mehsana, Gujarat. He then pursued Biochemistry from the CU Shah Science College in Ahmedabad. After obtaining his college degree, he worked for his father’s business. His father had a PVC Pipe business. Amit Shah has also worked as a stockbroker in the Co-Operative Banks of Ahmedabad.
Amit Shah was always interested in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He used to take part in the neighbourhood branched of the RSS. He officially got into the RSS as a Swayamsevak (Volunteer) when he was in college. It was there that he met Narendra Modi in 1982 in Ahmedabad.
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 90 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Grey
Family, Caste & Wife
Amit Shah was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He belongs to a Hindu Vaishnav family and is a Gujarati Baniya. Earlier when his caste wasn’t known, many media persons and politicians claimed that he was a Jain. On 6 April 2018, he refuted these claims in a press conference in Mumbai by openly stating that he is a Hindu Vaishnav and not a Jain NDTV.
His father, Anilchandra Shah, was a businessman from Mansa in Gujarat, dealing in PVC Pipes. His mother, Kusumben Shah, was a homemaker. He has a sister, Aarthi Shah. He is married to Sonal Shah and they have a son Jay Shah, who is a businessman and is married to Rishita Patel.
Amit Shah joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a volunteer (Swayamsevak) at the age of 14. He used to regularly participate in events and activities of the RSS. He officially joined the RSS as a member during his college days in Ahmedabad; as he was highly inspired by the nationalistic views and spirit of the RSS. In 1982, he met Narendra Modi, through the social RSS circles of Ahmedabad.
In 1983, he became the Leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP; Student Wing of the RSS). He was the Leader of the ABVP for four years and it was during this time that the political wing of the RSS, i.e, the BJP was formed. Amit Shah became a member of the party in 1984. His first assignment as a BJP member was that of being a poll agent in the Ahmedabad’s Naranpura ward. After the successful completion of this task, he was appointed as the treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). He eventually got promoted to the rank of State Secretary and the Vice-President of the State BJP in Gujarat. Over the years, he was given the responsibility to handle many campaigns and movements, such as the Ram Janambhoomi Movement and the Ekta Yatra. Successfully handling these campaigns and making the people of Gujarat in favour of the BJP earned him the opportunity to handle and manage the election campaign of L.K. Advani for the 1989 Lok Sabha Elections from the Ahmedabad Constituency. As he successfully managed his campaign, he continued managing his campaign for two decades until the General Elections of 2009. Amit Shah also managed the campaign of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee; when he had contested from Gandhinagar.
In 1995, he won the Assembly Elections of Gujarat and was elected as an MLA from the Sarkhej constituency. He was made the Chairman of the Gujarat State Financial Corporation; which he managed very efficiently and even got it listed in stock exchanges. Although the BJP’s tenure ended in just 2 years in 1997, Amit Shah had made a name for himself; people supported him and trusted him, it was reported that all the people of his constituency had access to contact him anytime with any problem, it made him a favourite among the masses. In the 1998 Assembly Elections, Amit Shah won again by a huge margin.
In the year 2000, Narendra Modi was made the Chief Minister of Gujarat, after the BJP had removed Keshubhai Patel; on complaints of inefficient governance. In 2002, when Amit Shah won the Assembly Elections for the third time in a row, Narendra Modi made him a minister in his cabinet. Amit Shah was the youngest minister in his cabinet. Modi had complete faith in Shah and he had given him the charge of 12 portfolios when he was the Chief Minister; which included many big portfolios such as Home, Civil Defence, Prison, Law and Justice, and Border Security among many more.
Before the 2014 General Elections, when Narendra Modi’s name came forward as the Prime Ministerial Candidate for the BJP, Amit Shah managed his whole campaign. He created awareness and also took the help of social media to change people’s opinions in favour of Modi. He was also appointed as the BJP state in-charge of Uttar Pradesh which led to the BJP’s best performance ever in the state; winning 73 out of the 80 seats. After the elections, he was appointed unanimously as the President of the BJP; a post which was held by Rajnath Singh until he was appointed as the Home Minister in Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.
For the 2019 General Elections, he contested from the Gandhinagar Constituency of Gujarat.
- Amit Shah was accused of damaging the evidence and influencing the witnesses of the 2002 Gurjat Riots case, which led to the death of around 1,000 Muslims.
- Shah was also involved in the Snoopgate scandal. He was accused of spying on a woman in relation to the Ishrat Jahan Encounter Case; a 19-year-old woman who was encountered along with 3 other people on the outskirts of Gujarat on charges of being terrorists and planning to kill Narendra Modi.
- In 2010, Amit Shah was accused of planning a fake encounter with the police of a local criminal Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi, and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati. The case was handed over to the CBI. The CBI claimed that Sohrabuddin was extorting some traders in Gujarat. The traders then collectively paid Amit Shah to eliminate Sohrabuddin. Amit Shah along with some police officers planned to kill Sohrabuddin. Amit Shah regularly claimed that he was innocent and the charges were politically motivated. He blamed the Congress of using the CBI for political gains. The Police Commissioner of Gujarat claimed that the CBI pressurised him to implicate Amit Shah in the case. He was later given a clean chit in the case in 2014.
- On 25 July 2010, he was arrested in connection to the Sohrabuddin case. He applied for bail and the Gujarat Hig Court granted him bail after three months on 29 October 2010. The next day CBI raised concerns over Shah using his political power to influence people and prevent justice. This led to the Gujarat High Court barring him to enter Gujarat from 2010 to 2012. In September 2012, Shah appealed the Gujarat High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court granted him bail and also allowed him to return to Gujarat.
- In 2017, it was reported that Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s company recorded a growth of 16,000 times in just a year after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister and his father became the President of the BJP. It led to a lot of parties asking for the resignation of Amit Shah from the post of the President of the BJP. Many people claimed that Jay Shah was being helped and Amit Shah should also be investigated.
- Before his arrest in 2010 in the Sohrabuddin case, he was reportedly being projected as Narendra Modi’s successor as Gujarat’s Chief Minister. But after his arrest, many politicians distanced themselves from him and many people did not want to have any connection to him.
- In 1999, he was appointed as the President of the Ahmedabad District Co-Operative Bank. The bank was on the verge of closure; so, they appointed him to help them with the situation. Amit Shah not only saved the bank from going into further loss, but the bank also showed a profit of over 27 crores, just a year after Amit Shah was appointed as its President.
- Amit Shah was so confident of Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister of India that he had predicted about this in 1990; the time when Narendra Modi had not even become the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
- Amit Shah loves to play chess and is the President of the Gujarat Chess Association.
- Amit Shah joined the BJP a year before Narendra Modi had joined.
- On 19 August 2017, Amit Shah was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
References [ + ]