Amit Shah – The Chanakya of Politics
“Ebar Bangla,” BJP chief Amit Shah is all set to spread his wings in West Bengal, as he introduces the popular tagline of the party – apki baar modi sarkar during his “Vistar” (expansion) tour in the state. The chanakya of Politics had registered unprecedented victory for the party in several states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Assam and recently a big win over AAP in Delhi MCD elections taking their 67-3 loss revenge.
Amit Shah’s insight into the political takeover in Gujarat is praiseworthy. In order to bring the massive state into BJP’s ambit, he surveyed the region and came out with a conclusion to use conformity of rural leaders, village pradhan to influence people.
During 1995, Congress had strong hold over the rural Gujarat, for he persuaded the leaders to join BJP to accumulate as much votes as possible. With this ideology, he had created a strong group of 8,000 rulers from the very regions.
Keeping an eagle eye view on Congress government, which was in the centre, Shah read the party’s strategy of appeasing Muslims. Hence he made efforts in parliament as well as at the state level to gauge the legitimate as well illegitimate activities happening under the central government. Indeed, the activities were allowed by the government to attract vote bank politics.
Shah’s first move to break the vote bank politics of Congress was to introduce Prevention of Terrorism Act in the country, which was called regressive by the former in 2004. He corroborated his idea with an intensive pilot study research work in Gujarat and tabled it in the state assembly from where the opposition chose to walk-out.
Amit Shah piloted the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (Amendment) Bill through Gujarat state assembly amid an opposition walk-out
Shah, the chanakya of politics who was raised under the circumference of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, propelled Narendra Modi government to pass the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003 so as to stop the process of forced conversions. This act was criticized by the opposition but Shah argued it, calling a measure against forced conversions. Henceforth, it was passed by the Gujarat assembly on September 29, 2006.
Yet, according to the data released by Gujarat government in 2016, Hindu majority state has highest numbers of conversions with over 94.4 per cent applications filled by Hindus during a period of five years. A media report says, “the state government received 1,838 applications from people of various religions to convert to another religion. Of them, 1,735 applications was from Hindus.”
Taking the legacy off RSS ahead in the country, the leader was praised by various senior leaders of the institution. This effort was further taken up by various Hindu hardliners and right wing activists, who have time and again revolted against love jihad, where usually Hindu girls marry Muslim men and end up converting into their religion.
Brings the goons power at rest, Amit Shah closed all the politically and religious influenced groups including the famous Sohrabuddin Sheikh case. He was accused of killing the criminal in extrajudicial manner. The murky case has lost deep down in the files of encounters.
Adding another feather in his hat, Shah has finally proved his Chanakyaniti in UP elections 2017. Under his leadership, BJP registered an unprecedented victory in the state by winning over 325 seats out of 403.
Shah has had a full-proof plan to register this victory:
Understanding role of number in Parliament and it’s influence in passing a Bill, BJP batted Shah to take the charge of Uttar Pradesh a year before the elections when Samajwadi Party won in 2014. Yet, the party was able to get 73 green flags out of 80 seats it contested in the elections.
Taking the cue from Samajwadi Party, Shah read its loopholes and tried to lure the OBC voters’ who were not satisfied with the UP government’s decision to create place for minority under their 27 per cent quota in government jobs and education sector.
Moreover, he scanned that only 35 per cent of pro-BJP persons showed up on the day of election. So he propagated the idea of door-to-door campaigning which took place in the booth.
The visionary politician sat-up more than 140,000 member management committees with 7 to 10 volunteers to help the voters. Around 450 GPS enabled mobile vans were too installed.
Shah was also questioned for playing the religion to card to win the elections by allegedly giving an assurance to take forward the work of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. His name was equally dragged in 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and allegedly using sunni-shia problem to gain the latter’s support.
Modi’s close aide:
Coming from the same school of thought – RSS – Narendra Modi and Amit Shah stood by each other since they became friends in 1982. Shah has been a close aide of Modi. He was the only person whom he trusted when he was transferred from Gujarat to Delhi BJP headquarter.
With time, the two developed mutual admiration for each other and supported each other politically. Then Gujarat CM Modi showered the maximum number of portfolios on the chanakya of Politics, namely:
- Law and Justice
- Prison, Border Security
- Civil Defence
- Home Guards
- Gram Rakshak Dal
- Police Housing and Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs.
Over a couple of times, the party leaders and the media has noticed how the two have sidelined the aficionados like Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh from the party work.
It is quite a possibility that the master strategist would not want the history of Janata Party to repeat itself. The amalgamation of numerous parties failed to maintain the decorum of democracy when came into power by mid-1979 with Morarji Desai becoming the Prime Minister of one day and then his successor Chaudhary Charan Singh failed to run the government. Consequently, Congress overthrew them by winning the general elections in 1980.
Apart from lobbying each other, BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi have been motivating each other to participate and contest more elections. For example, Modi was propelled by Shah to contest elections in Varanasi and Modi insured that Shah gets BJP ticket for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly by-election in Sarkhej in 1997.
Is Amit Shah really the Chanakya of politics?
Well, no doubt, he is not only a great leader but the chanakya of politics who does all his work in occult manner, without letting the party itself know. He never had taken the credit and yet being defamed for his other activities.
It has not yet been glorified by any political strategists that Amit Shah is a skilled researcher, who first read the brief history and does pilot study on each every region before election, unlike the much-proclaimed leaders like Rahul Gandhi from Congress, who is always in news for his moves but was never convincing enough to make his party win.
It was completely invincible for India to come out of the blindfolded legacy of Congress, however, under the leadership of Amit Shah, who refused to accept the failure of their senior leaders like LK Advani and rather gave party a new facade of development rather than hindutva politics. But if one reads between the lines, the party is actually leading towards saffornising the country.