Ajit Jogi

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Ajit Jogi
In office
Preceded by Ram Dayal Uike
Succeeded by Amit Jogi
Constituency Marwahi (ST)
In office
Constituency Mahasamund
Former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Personal details
Born (1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 70)[1]
Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Political party Chhattisgarh Janta Congress
Spouse(s) Dr. Renu Jogi
Children Amit Jogi
Residence Raipur

Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (born April 29, 1946),[2] in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, was the first chief minister of the state of Chhattisgarh, India.[3] He was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party.[4]

Jogi studied Mechanical Engineering at the Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal, winning the University Gold Medal in 1968.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] At the time, Jogi's main contender was Chandu Lal Sahu of the BJP party.[7] Sahu ultimately won the election only by small margin of 133 votes [8] and Jogi was accused of planting those names to confuse voters.[7]

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 (MBA exam papers) and selling them to the CIA.[9]

  • 1986-87 Member, All India Congress Committee (AICC) on welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
  • 1986-1998 Member, Rajya Sabha (two terms)[6]
  • 1987-1989 General secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee, Madhya Pradesh Also, member of committees on Public Undertakings, Industries and Railways.
  • 1989 Central Observer of the Indian National Congress for elections to Lok Sabha from constituencies in Manipur.
  • 1995 Central Observer of the Indian National Congress for elections to Sikkim Assembly.
  • 1995-96 Chairman of Committees on Science and Technology and Environment and Forests
  • 1996 Member, Core group, AICC Parliamentary elections (Lok Sabha)
  • 1996 Indian Delegation to the United Nations for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, New York.
  • 1997 Observer, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Elections. Member, AICC. Member of committees on Transport and Tourism, Rural and Urban Development, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Coal, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Energy, Public Accounts Committee, Convenor, Sub-Committee on Indirect Taxes, Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha
  • 1997 Indian Delegation to 98th IPU Conference, Cairo
  • 1998 Elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) to the 12th Lok Sabha for the Raigarh constituency in Chhattisgarh[10]
  • 1998-2000 Spokesman, AICC, Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Working President, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee
  • 1998-99 Member, Committee on Human Resource Development and its Sub-Committee-II on Medical Education, Committee on Coal, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Coal
  • 2000-2003 Chief minister of Chhattisgarh[6]
  • 2004-2008 MP in the 14th Lok Sabha for Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh[11]
  • 2008- Member of the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, representing the Marwahi constituency[4]


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.[9] 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.[12][13][14]

On June 6, 2016, Jogi announced breaking his affiliation with Indian National Congress in the presence of his wife and son in a political gathering in Chhattisgarh.[15]


Ajit Jogi contributed several articles on Public Administration and stories and poems in Hindi and English to Hindustan Times; Jansatta and Dharmayug and also contributing a regular weekly column to Dainik Bhaskar - a daily in Hindi.He is the author of books published, namely; "The Role of District Collector", and "Administration of Peripheral Areas."

Undertook Padyatra (travel by foot), covering 1500 km in eastern tribal belt of Madhya Pradesh to spread general awareness and mobilise support for the Indian National Congress, in 1989, covering 185 km from Manipur to Deobhag, and in the Diamond belt of Raipur District, January 1997, to spread awareness among the tribals, against the entry of multinational corporations in the Diamond-Mining Sector.[16] The sale of Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. to Sterlite Industries met with stiff resistance from workers' unions, with the Chhattisgarh government led by Ajit Jogi, lending firm support to their cause.[17]

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, CAG had in its report on Tuesday, 3 April in 2012, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, said that the state-owned Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) accepted lower rates for commercial mining of coal blocks in the state, which had led to a revenue loss of over Rs.1,000 crore. The report, also made adverse comments against several other state-owned corporations such as Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC). “Whatever the CAG has said in its report can’t be brushed aside. The state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government must come clean on the issue and cases be registered against those who took decisions that caused the state the massive revenue loss,” Jogi told reporters. Ajit Jogi on Thursday, the 5th of April in 2012, called for criminal cases to be registered against those in the state government who had caused massive revenue losses by their decisions.[18]


Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Nand Kumar Sai
Member of Parliament
for Raigarh

1998 – 1999
Succeeded by
Vishnudeo Sai
Preceded by
Shyama Charan Shukla
Member of Parliament
for Mahasamund

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Chandu Lal Sahu
Political offices
Preceded by
Chattisgarh part of
Madhya Pradesh State
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
Succeeded by
Raman Singh