Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who made this announcement at a press briefing here, said Shah will take over as the BJP president with immediate effect.

The Home Minister said that he has tendered his resignation as party chief to the BJP parliamentary board, which decided that Shah will lead the charge. Singh lauded Shah’s ‘management skills’ and credited him with the BJP’s success in Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

The Home Minister made this announcement in the presence of BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Expressing his delight on being selected as the BJP president, Shah touched the feet of his mentor Modi to seek his blessings.

With today’s announcement, 49-year-old Shah stepped in the shoes of party stalwarts Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

Shah played a key role in the BJP’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh where the party won 71 of the 80 seats. 

Born into a business family, Shah began his political days as the worker of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He met Modi in the early 1980s and joined the BJP officially in 1986.

Shah won the by-election from Gujarat’s Sarkhej Assembly seat in 1997. He represented this seat thrice before shifting to Naranpura in 2012.

Amit Shah scripts history in BJP

The crowning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's confidant Amit Shah as the new BJP president capped a phenomenal and rapid rise for the party's key election strategist, who crafted an unprecedented victory in Uttar Pradesh.

In the process, the controversial yet politically suave Shah scripted history by becoming the youngest president of the party in which veterans have called the shots since its inception.
     
Considered an invaluable deputy to any leader, he has taken less than a year to catapult himself from a Gujarat BJP strongman to the party's supremo on the national stage.

Most leaders in the BJP agree that Shah, who was associated with the RSS in his early days, has earned every bit of his success.
     
What worked eventually in favour of Shah was his extra-ordinary political performance in Uttar Pradesh where he led the party to a dream run wresting 71 of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats in the politically crucial state.

Together with Apna Dal, a new ally which Shah got on board, the BJP won 73 seats in the state leaving a handful for the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Congress in the state.

Shah's organizational skills came in handy for the BJP in bordering Bihar as well where the party forged alliances with the LJP and OBC strongman Upinder Kushwaha to win 31 out of 40 seats with allies and reducing the state's incumbent JD(U) government to a virtual naught.
     
With his master act of scripting Ram Vilas Paswan's return to the NDA fold after over a decade since Godhra riots, Shah managed a massive political makeover for his boss Modi, who had long been denounced by the LJP chief for the 2002 Gujarat riots.
     
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat put together, Shah's stamp was visible in half of the total number of seats the BJP won in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, driving the party to its best ever performance.

(JPN/Agencies)

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