After proving his abilities as a master campaign strategist, Amit Shah himself said to be showed interest to join Narendra Modi’s cabinet, though Prime Minister was hesitant to leave him from party affairs, only to demonstrate his administrative capabilities.
Ever since the poll results, Shah has been continuously by Narendra Modi’s side, whether in Delhi, Varanasi or Ahmedabad. Before the swearing-in, the Prime Minister and Shah spent marathon sessions confabulating over the names for the Cabinet. Shah wants to be perceived as not just a wizard organisation man, but as Modi’s eventual successor.
This is similar to the L K Advani syndrome, where for years Advani was the backroom boy and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the face of the BJP.Finally, Advani decided he wanted to share the glory of the centrestage. Despite being Home Minister, Shah is expected to continue to devote considerable time to party affairs, particularly with Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections due shortly.
Shah knew exactly which disgruntled elements from opposing camps to cultivate and which to ignore. For instance, Mukul Roy was propped up since Shah was aware that Roy had intimate knowledge of the Trinamool’s organisation and its money and muscle power.
In UP, through intermediaries he encouraged the Samajwadi Party’s key organisation man, Shivpal Yadav, to float a separate party. Shivpal damaged the SP in half a dozen seats. Similarly, the Prakash Ambedkar and Asaduddin Owaisi alliance in Maharashtra lost the Congress-NCP several seats.