BJP chief strategist Amit Shah is widely credited for BJP's stellar performance in both 2014 and 2019 elections. He propelled them to a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat. Shah who served four terms as the MLA of Sarkhej is believed to be Modi's most trusted ally and held a number of pertinent portfolios in the state government during Modi's tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. Shah who also owns a flourished business empire, PVC pipelines, became an RSS swayamsevak (volunteer) during his college in Ahmedabad. His stint in RSS led him to meet Modi in 1982. He contested and won Gandhinagar Lok Sabha polls by a margin of over three lakh votes and eviscerating his rival INC candidate C.J Chavda. Sworn in at the age of 54, he is the youngest serving full-time home minister. On 5 August 2019, Shah moved a resolution to scrap Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha and divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two, with Jammu and Kashmir serving as one of the union territories, and Ladakh serving as a separate union territory. In December 2019, he introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which grants Indian citizenship to religiously persecuted minority communities who migrated to the country before 2015 from the Muslim-majority countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
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