07 May, 2021

Judgement Day Feast For The Shah Of Shahs

Campaign mastermind, ace poll strategist and Modi’s best man, Amit Shah is on the top

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Judgement Day Feast For The Shah Of Shahs

As Narendra Modi swept India, riding the crest of a wave that outdwarfed  surfs near and far, his aide and loyalist Amit Shah would have been exultantly surveying newly conquered territory.

Simply speaking, if the 2014 polls were about the unmatchable mojo of Narendra Modi, then it was also equally about the might and electoral acumen of Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah. Fourteen years Modi’s junior, yet a man for all seasons for him, Shah has resolutely delivered every time Modi banked on him—from ensuring L.K. Advani’s first electoral victory from Gand­hinagar to transforming a crumbling organisation in Uttar Pradesh into a trailblazing juggernaut. Indeed, Shah in UP has given the BJP more seats than the Congress has won in India. Six months back, when Modi demanded a Congress-mukt Bharat, Shah literally made it his mission to do so.

As the BJP general secretary and UP cam­paign-in-charge, Shah had arrived in Lucknow about a year back with a motley group of aides assigned to him by the party with the clear brief—the state had to be...

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