Ajit Jogi

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Ajit Jogi
MLA
Preceded by Ram Dayal Uike
Constituency Marwahi (ST)
MP
In office
2004–2014
Constituency Mahasamund
Former Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh
Personal details
Born Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Political party INC
Spouse(s) Dr. Renu Jogi
Children Amit Jogi
Residence Raipur

Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi was the first chief minister of the state of Chhattisgarh, India. He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party.[1]

Jogi studied Mechanical Engineering at the Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal, winning the University Gold Medal in 1968.[2] After having worked briefly as a lecturer at the Government Engineering College, Raipur, he was selected for the Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service.[3]

2014 Lok Sabha election campaign[edit]

During the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election over the Mahasamund seat, eleven independent candidates all named Chandu Lal Sahu filed to run.[4] At the time, Jogi's main contender was Chandu Lal Sahu of the BJP party.[4] Sahu ultimately won the election only by small margin of 133 votes [5] and Jogi was accused of planting those names to confuse voters.[4]

Positions held[edit]

Jogi served as a District collector of Indore during 1981-85. During this term, he was accused of stealing design papers from CAT, Indore (a defence installation) and selling them to the CIA.[6]

Controversies[edit]

In June 2007, Jogi and his son were was arrested in connection with the murder of NCP treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi who was shot dead in June 2003. In December 2003, after the defeat of INC in Chhattisgarh assembly elections, a sting operation alleged that Jogi tried to bribe some of the BJP MLAs to form a breakaway faction, promising them Congress' support. Subsequent to this Jogi was suspended from the party.[6] However after five years of the registering of a case against him, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based on an opinion of then ASG Gopal Subramanian said that Jogi could not be prosecuted under any law. However BJP alleged that Congress led UPA government misused CBI to protect Jogi.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Same battles, different turfs". The Indian Express. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chhatisgarh contenders". Sify.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Profile/Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi". Rediff.com. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "How Congress's Ajit Jogi used 11 namesakes of BJP rival, yet lost seat". India Today. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". Election Commission Of India. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  6. ^ a b "Down but not out". India Today. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jogi's true colours". Rediff.com. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ajit Jogi, Ujwala Shinde in Congress list". The Hindu. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "UPA misused the CBI in Jogi case, alleges BJP". The Hindu. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "CBI not to prosecute Jogi". Sify News. 7 January 2007.