Former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, now in PM Modi bandwagon at NDA govt is all set to become the president of the BJP. Shah, 50, if picked for the post, will succeed Rajnath Singh, now the Home Minister in union government. In the national elections in May, Shah, engineered a massive victory for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, delivering 71 of the state’s 80 MPs.
Shah served as his Home Minister in Gujarat govt of Modi but had to resign in 2010 after he was alleged to have sanctioned a fake encounter by the state police, which saw three Muslims being killed by officers who alleged they were terrorists planning to assassinate Modi.Shah faces murder charges for allowing the extra-judicial killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a small-time criminal, his wife and a witness.
During the campaign for the national election he was banned by the powerful Election Commission from rallies and speeches after it found him guilty of delivering “hate speeches” and the same was lifted after he vowed in writing to not use abusive or derogatory language in the campaign.