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Modi accomplishes ‘control’ BJP mission with Amit Shah at helm

Modi accomplishes ‘control’ BJP mission with Amit Shah at helm
With the official declaration of  Amit Shah as Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national president on Wednesday, prime minister Narendra Modi’s mission to ‘control’ BJP  has been accomplished.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh announced the anointment of Shah (49) as party chief at the party headquarters at Ashok Road. Shah has become the youngest party president, whose well planned strategies managed the party to secure an unprecedented victory in Uttar Pradesh.
During a packed press conference accompanied by Modi, party patriarch LK Advani and Arun Jaitley,  Rajnath Singh   congratulated Shah and claimed that he deserves to become the party president due to his outstanding ‘management skills’.

While announcing his resignation from the party president and appointing Shah to run the organisation, Singh said, ‘We are confident that the party will grow under the guidance of Shah. My good wishes to him for his new innings. I’m confident that the BJP will continue moving forward in his stewardship.’ Soon after Shah’s anointment, he was garlanded and greeted with sweets by Singh and Modi. Later Shah took blessing from Advani and thanked the party leaders with folded hands for giving him the responsibility especially ahead of assembly election in some states. The prime minister congratulated Shah on being anointed BJP president, and expressed confidence that the party will become stronger under his leadership. ‘Amit bhai started his journey as an ordinary karyakarta and has repeatedly proven himself through tireless hard work and determination,’ Modi said in a statement issued by the PMO.

‘I would like to thank Rajnathji for his great leadership under which the party has scaled new heights of success. With the blessings of party’s elders and selfless efforts of karyakartas, BJP’s mission of creating a strong and developed India continues,’ it further reads. Many party leaders feel that despite Shah’s controversial past, which will continue to haunt him, his extraordinary quality of tapping the ‘political weak nerve’ will make him more prominent in the party’s structure in the coming days.

They claimed that Shah is do his homework before taking up any assignment and make sure that he should not make any mistake while raising issues that varies from one state to another.
This is the reason this ‘valuable leader’ manages to take himself from a Gujarat BJP strongman to the party’s supremo on the national stage in a short period of time. Shah became showstopper and people started discussing about his ‘political acumen’, following his much lauded political performance in UP by sweeping 71 of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats.

In 2010, Shah has spent three months in the Sabarmati jail after he was found ‘accused’ in the fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsi Prajapati. Later he was released on bail on the condition that he won’t stay in Gujarat. He was allowed to return to Gujarat only in 2012 when he won assembly elections from Naranpura.

However, those adverse situations did not deter him from working for the party and in the midst of so many challenges and criticism. Shah elevation as a party president could be seen significant ahead of state elections in Haryana and Maharashtra this year and Jharkhand and J&K next year. It seems that Shah will soon start working on doing the UP, in these states where the elections are scheduled to be happen.

The other states where Shah is keen to revive the party are Assam, Tripura and in West Bengal. It is expected that in August first week Shah will have an exhaustive tour to these states to have a meeting with the state party presidents to chalk out strategy to strengthen the party.
Sources said that decision to make him the party president came after series of discussion and debate within the RSS and party leadership on the ground that whether it will be wise to make a Gujarati when another Gujarati is heading the country.
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