As the captain of the winning team, Shah deserves credit for turning the party into an election-winning machine.
With his sharp organisational skill and political acumen, Shah helped the party and its allies win 73 out of 80 seats in the stat,e leading PM Modi to proclaim him as "man-of-the-match" of BJP's victory.
Shah handled several key portfolios in the state government including the Home Ministry.
With his excellent election management expertise, Shah managed the election campaign of BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani's election from Ahmedabad constituency in 1989. During these years, Shah came in contact with Narendra Modi- then a rising star in the BJP.
He and Narendra Modi, who was then an organisational secretary of the party in Gujarat, helped BJP mobilise its workers, which bore fruitful results for the BJP in subsequent elections. BJP came into power in Gujarat in 1995. The party government feel in 1997.
Shah successfully contested the Assembly Elections from Sarkhej that followed the BJP government's fall.BJP returned to power in the state with Narendra Modi as its Chief Minister in 2002.