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Meet BJP president Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi's Man Friday

Shah has his feet firmly planted on the ground but his antenna is tuned to Modi's wishes and command

BJP President Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah. Photo: Reuters 

As president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah has twice prevailed over it and its power elite. Including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first occasion was when he fixed a target to enrol 100 million members when the BJP embarked on a national online campaign in this regard. That was in 2015, months after he took charge. “There were few takers for the ambitious goal he’d set. Many of us advised him to curtail the number to 300,000 but he refused to listen,” an office-bearer recalled. Shah fell short of the mark by a little less than 20 million but ...