Amit Shah started his political career as a leader of the student wing of the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya
Vidyarthi Parishad, in 1983. Amit Shah Joined Bharatiye Janta Party [BJP] in 1987, After one year of Amit
Shah Narendra Modi also joined Bharatiye Janta Party. Amit Shah became an activist of BJP's youth wing
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in 1987. Amit Shah never looked back he had given continuesly holding
various posts including that of ward secretary, taluka secretary, state secretary, vice-president, and
general secretary. Amit Shah came gained his popularity because of his excellent management when he was
the election campaign manager for Lal Krishna Advani in Gandhinagar during the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
In 1995, BJP formed its first government in Gujarat, with Keshubhai Patel holding the position of the
Chief Minister. At that time, BJP's main rival Indian National Congress was highly influential in rural
Gujarat. Modi and Amit Shah worked together to decimate Congress in the rural areas. They have come with
great strategy of findinf second most influential leader in every village, and get him/ her to become
member of BJP. They created a network of 8,000 influential rural leaders who had lost elections to the
pradhan (village chief) post in various villages.
Modi and Shah strategy
Modi and Shah used the same strategy to reduce effect of Congress' influence over the state's powerful
co-operatives, which play an important role in the economy of State. In 1999, Amit Shah get elected as the
president of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB), the biggest cooperative bank in India. In
Gujarat, such elections had traditionally been won on the basis of caste considerations. Traditionally
these types of Co- operatives banks had been controlled by castes - Patels, Gaderias and Kshatriyas.
Despite Amit Shah did not belong to any of these castes, Amit Shah won the election. At that time, the
bank was on the verge of collapsing, having accumulated losses of ₹ 36 crore. Amit Shah turned around the
bank's fortune within a year: the next year, the bank registered a profit of ₹ 27 crores.However, banks
were continuesly growing and by the year 2014 the bank's profit had increased to around ₹ 250 crores. Amit
Shah also ensured that 11 of the Bank's 22 directors were BJP loyalists.
Approach of Modi and Shah was always to see a Congress free India, they continuesly worked for it
Modi and Shah also sought to reduce the Congress hold over sports bodies in the state. Amit Shah also
served as the president of Gujarat State Chess Association, and also as a vice-president of the cash-rich
Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA in 2009), during that time Narendra Modi served as its president of (GCA
in 2009). In 2014, when Modi became Prime Minister of India, Shah hold the postion of the president of
Later in early 1990s, when Modi become a general secretary in the party's state unit ,Modi always used his
influence to get important or higher positions for Amit Shah. Modi also convinced Patel to appoint Shah as
the chairman of the Gujarat State Financial Corporation, a public sector financial institution which
finances small and medium-scale enterprises. Noticing Modi's growing influence/Power in Gujarat's
Government, Shankersinh Vaghela and some other came together and comlained about Modi's power in Gujarat
Government and forced to send Modi to Delhi Headquarters of BJP. When Modi was not in Gujarat, Amit SHah
worked as Modi's Informer in Gujarat
In 1997, Modi urge to give Amit Shah a BJP ticket for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly by-election in
Sarkhej. In February 1997, After winning the by-election Amit Shah became an MLA. He had also retained his
seat in the 1998 Assembly elections.
Gujarat state government
In October 2001 For the Post of the Chief of Minister of Gujarat BJP Choosen Narendra Modi over Keshubhai
Patel following allegation of inefficient administration. As the years passed Modi and Shah grew up
rapidly and they sideline their political rivals.
Under the Modi's government in Gujarat, Amit Shah continuosly grew and later emerged as most powerful
leader in Gujarat.
After the victory of 2002 election in Gujarat He was the youngest minister of Modi's Government and given
12 Portfolios[Home, Law and Justice, Prison, Border Security, Civil Defence, Excise, Transport,
Prohibition, Home Guards, Gram Rakshak Dal, Police housing, and Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs].