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The Arun Jaitley-Amit Shah jugalbandi

May 12, 2014 13:54 IST

There's a new duet in the BJP, and it is not sweet music to everyone's ears. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com

They are the new Jodi No. 1.

The teaming up of Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah is proving to be a big asset for Narendra Modi.

Shah, who is in charge of the BJP's campaign strategy in Uttar Pradesh, is hugely impressed by Jaitley's acumen, influence over the media, and sharp analytical-legal mind.

Several BJP leaders are already envious of the Jaitley-Shah duo, and fear that in the post-May 16 scenario they will become even more powerful.

So what do these two very different men like about each other, you ask?

Shah likes Jaitley's wit, story-telling skills and interest in food, while Jaitley is always surprised by Shah's wide contacts across Uttar Pradesh, and his ability to come up with brilliant ideas.