India is world’s largest democracy and will celebrate its 70th independence day on Tuesday. India has seen rapid change over the years and is on its way to become a global superpower. In 2014, there was a tectonic shift in Indian politics, when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power and won a humongous mandate from the people of India. BJP alone on its own got 282 seats (i.e. single largest majority, first since 1984) and changed the landscape of Indian polity forever. The BJP came on to the power riding on dynamic and powerful leadership of Narendra Modi and is half way through its term and looking good for winning again in 2019 general elections.
If Narendra Modi is leading the country then Amit Shah, national president of BJP has lot to do with party’s organisation and its grassroot activities. BJP is currently having government in 18 states on its own and support of its alliance partners. The turning point in 2014 elections was the results of Uttar Pradesh, where BJP won 73 seats out of 80 and went a long way to capture the power at the centre. It was the performance and leadership of Amit Shah, who was in charge of the state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Shah as ‘man of the match’ of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The juggernaut of Modi and Shah has not stopped since then and BJP has won Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Goa to name a few and suffered a few blips in Delhi and Bihar. Amit Shah got the big boost when BJP won Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in early 2017, when it secured 325 seats out of 403 and further consolidated its position on the national arena. What makes Amit Shah such a shrewd politician is that he is always in election mode and constantly thinking about how to grow the party. BJP from being mainly a north Indian party has now spread its footprints in north eastern states such as Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh. Under the leadership of Amit Shah, BJP is reaching BJP wants to grow itself in south Indian states and is eyeing power in states like Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and are in talks with AIADMK factions to ally with them.
The Grand Old Party (GOP) Congress is in total disarray and it has been largely done by the immaculate leadership of Shah, who has systematically uprooted Congress from every major state. The opposition is still coming to terms with what it has been hit with and so far they have no answers. Shah is already thinking about 2019 elections and is on a nationwide tour to further expand the party.
If opposition can’t get its act together then BJP under Amit Shah might make 2019 contest as no contest. Shah is always thinking and planning six months in advance and it won’t be a huge surprise if BJP gets a bigger majority in upcoming polls and few would bet against Shah bettering his own record and now with Shah being a Rajya Sabha MP has more clout than ever and has led from the front to earn the tag of ‘Election Winning Machine’.
(The views expressed by the writer are personal)