“The State of Chhattisgarh Has Lost Its Father”: Tributes Pour in For First CM, Ajit Jogi


“The State of Chhattisgarh Has Lost Its Father”: Tributes Pour in For First CM, Ajit Jogi

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

The first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, has died at the age of 74 after suffering two cardiac arrests in the last week. His son Amit Jogi, announced the news on Twitter, where he said it wasn’t just him, but the state of Chhattisgarh that had lost a father.

Tributes poured in for the veteran politician on Twitter, including from Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai said the former CM will “sadly be remembered for many wrongs”, but also reminded his followers that Jogi may have been the first IAS officer to transition to chief minister of a state.

Early in his political career tw-align-center, Jogi had made history by becoming the first leader of Chhattisgarh, when the state was first carved out in 2000. He was then associated with the Congress, and was said to be a staunch Nehru-Gandhi loyalist.

Later in 2016, however, he was apparently expelled from the Congress for anti party activities along with his son, and went on to float his own party — the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J). He lost the consequent 2018 elections to his former party.

Before he got into politics in the late ’80s, Jogi was a veteran of the Indian Police Service, as well as the Indian Administrative Service. His stint in politics began as a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh. In 1998, he won his first Lok Sabha seat from Raigarh.

While campaigning for the Congress party during the 2004 elections, the former CM was also involved in a horrible car accident that left him partially paralysed. He went on to win the seat by 1.2 lakh votes.

During his stint as the most formidable politician in the state, he was put under fire by several quarters in the opposition BJP, as well as his party at the time, the Congress.

The former CM is survived by his wife Dr Renuka and son Amit. His daughter passed away in 2000, the year he took over as CM of Chhattisgarh.