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In PM Modi’s new cabinet, master strategist Amit Shah is big entry

Sources told Hindustan Times that Amit Shah is likely to be given the finance ministry after Arun Jaitley ruled himself out.

india Updated: May 31, 2019 16:12 IST
Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah signs the documents after taking oath during a swearing-in ceremony, at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Amit Shah, the BJP’s master strategist who scripted the party’s expansion over the last few years, is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new team that has taken oath this evening.

Shah, 54, took oath right after PM Modi and his most senior minister Rajnath Singh as dusk fell over the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. The ceremony continued for the next two hours as 57 ministers in PM Modi’s team took oath of office and secrecy.

Amit Shah later thanked the prime minister for reposing his faith in him. “I assure you that I will put my best efforts to serve our people and country,” he tweeted, describing PM Modi’s “leadership and continued support” as a source of inspiration.

Shah, who was Gujarat’s junior home minister when Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister, will be assigned a key portfolio and will be a part of the crucial Cabinet Committee of Security in the new government, which has in it the government’s four top cabinet ministers.

Amit Shah has been allocated the Home Ministry, replacing Rajnath Singh who has moved to Defence Ministry.

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Jagat Prakash Nadda, health minister in the outgoing government and who camped for months in Uttar Pradesh to execute the BJP’s poll strategy, could slip into Amit Shah’s shoes in the party.

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Amit Shah is seen to have PM Modi’s complete trust and has been in discussions with him on the shape and size of the new council of ministers over the last few days. On Thursday morning after the BJP’s two most-senior sealed the list of ministers, it was Amit Shah who made the phone calls to party lawmakers to tell them about the decision on their induction.

Amit Shah has completed a full term of three years as the BJP chief, and the party’s constitution allows him another term of an equal number of years. The political party is now the world’s largest -- it rules 14 out of 29 states, either on its own or with allies.

Shah’s term as BJP president ended in January, and he was given an extension till after the parliamentary election is over. The process to elect the next party chief will take about three to four months.

First Published: May 30, 2019 17:29 IST