One of BJP’s most vocal faces and the incumbent home minister Amit Shah(Amit Shah lurks in shadows as noise on Coronavirus grows) has stunned all with his reticence at a time when the noise on deepening Covid-19 pandemic has reached its crescendo. It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has stolen the thunder from his more vociferous lieutenant.
In the BJP’s scheme of things, Modi is the persuader while Shah is seen as the implementer. The roles of the two-party stalwarts are complementary to each other.
But Shah(Amit Shah lurks in shadows as noise on Coronavirus grows) has receded into the shadows when the litmus test of implementation has come up as a feisty challenge to contain the spread of Covid-19 contagion.
The man who stoutly defended the amendment of Article 370 and the detention of Kashmiri leaders and faced all Opposition leaders without ado to defend a besieged government now seems to be lurking in the shadows.
Perhaps, it’s the BJP’s strategy to position Modi as the face of the country’s fight against the pandemic.
Shah(Amit Shah lurks in shadows as noise on Coronavirus grows), on the contrary, will be the quiescent leader even though his ministry has a critical role to play in the accentuating crisis.
That Amit Shah is conspicuously missing in action since the announcement of the nationwide lockdown has made him the butt of ridicule on social media.
Twitterati of all shades and hues have taken turns to project him as a hapless man who has vanished from the public eye.
One of the tweets was trenchant in its criticism of the home minister(Amit Shah lurks in shadows as noise on Coronavirus grows), dubbing him ‘horse trader’ who was last seen purchasing MLAs in Madhya Pradesh.
“This nation is missing your Chanakya Neeti to fight #Covid-19. Please come, give some chronology to beat the crisis”, noted one Arun Sinha on the microblogging platform.
The BJP(Amit Shah lurks in shadows as noise on Coronavirus grows) realises that this is a moment of grave crisis when everyone has to rally around the cause of the citizens.
Reaching out to people mattered immensely to send the right vibes and preclude the nation from crumbling to the threat of a deadly virus. Shah with his hardline image may not have clicked.
But Shah is not a man noted for his taciturnity. In all his roles including that of the national BJP president, Shah has set the record straight as a voluble leader.
In fact over the last 10 months, since the BJP led coalition got a fresh mandate, Shah has emerged as the face of the government, at par with Modi.
Not a man to be quietened easily, Shah is skulking in the backdrop even as his deputy in the home ministry G Kishan Reddy is organising regular video conferences and Facebook lives to reach out to the Telugu audience.
Possibly, this is a subdued phase for Shah till the Coronavirus scare melts away.