Amit Shah’s next challenge
- Gold prices soften on muted demand, silver steady
- Gujarat elections: CM Vijay Rupani says results show people’s faith in agenda of development
- GSTN brings in option for monthly, quarterly filing of forms
- Gujarat election results: BJP continues to draw urban votes, rural seats go to Congress
- Bill to extend proxy voting to overseas Indians in Lok Sabha
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s unchallenged re-election to the post was a foregone conclusion. But his first full term in office will see him start off on a different note from his previous tenure which began in 2014.
Then, he rode high on the BJP’s electoral victory—the guiding hand behind Narendra Modi’s rise to premiership.
Now, he must marshal the party after a chastening 2015 that saw two high profile electoral defeats—in Delhi and Bihar—and work out a strategy for the five assembly elections coming up this year.
Most of these polls are tough sells for the BJP, and particularly troubling for the party leadership, because they precede 2017’s critical Uttar Pradesh elections.
Modi’s economic evangelism has been undercut by protracted political struggles. How Shah guides the party through the upcoming trials will determine how much political space Modi has to deliver on the economic front.