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MODI’S NEW CABINET

Modi’s enforcer emerges from behind India throne

AFP, NEW DELHI
Modi’s enforcer emerges from behind India throne

As the battle-hardened drill sergeant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah has long been considered India’s second most-powerful person, and his appointment yesterday as home minister elevates his position to leader-in-waiting.

While Modi is the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party’s people person, firing up rallies and mastering Twitter, BJP president Shah has for years made sure that Modi’s orders are carried out to the letter while turning the world’s biggest political party into the unidisputed force across the nation of 1.3 billion people.

Shah’s piercing stare and strongarm tactics have made him a feared and respected figure in the Hindu nationalist party—opposition parties and critics call him “ruthless”—a status only increased by his role masterminding the BJP’s second straight landslide election victory this month.

Now the 54-year-old Shah, who until this month was neither an elected lawmaker nor a government minister, will take on a more prominent, public role while remaining Modi’s most trusted lieutenant and strategist.

“Team Modi 2.0 marks a clear power-shift below the level of prime minister,” the Economic Times said in an editorial.

Few have dared in recent years to talk of a successor to the 68-year-old prime minister, but the Times added: “Shah is clearly a claimant to the top job if and when Modi moves aside.”

While Modi reigns supreme, the election “saw the emergence of Amit Shah as the heir-apparent,” said Samir Saran, president of the Observer Research Foundation think-tank in New Delhi.

 

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