Ajit Jogi

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Ajit Jogi
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
In office
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
Preceded by Post Created
Succeeded by Raman Singh
In office
Constituency Mahasamund
Preceded by Ram Dayal Uike
Succeeded by Amit Jogi
Constituency Marwahi (ST)
Personal details
Born (1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 72)[1][2]
Bilaspur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
(now in Chhattisgarh, India)
Political party Chhattisgarh Janata Congress
Other political
Indian National Congress (till 2016)
Spouse(s) Dr. Renu Jogi
Children Amit Jogi
Residence Raipur

Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (born 29 April 1946) is an Indian politician, who served as 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 (Centre for Advance technology Blue print ) 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 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]

Chhattisgarh Janata Congress[edit]

Chhattisgarh Janata Congress was founded by former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi, after Jogi and his son Amit were expelled from Indian National Congress due to anti-party activities as well as sabotaging an Antagarh by polls elections. Amit Jogi was expelled for six years.[19][20][21]

Jogi launched a party Thathapur village of Kawardha district and directly challenged Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh.[22][23][24]

In February 2018, Ajit jogi announced that he will contest the election from Rajnandgaon, And after some time he also announced that he will contest election from Marvahi. On 29th April Ajit Jogi gathered more than 72000 people for rally on his birthday.


  1. ^ Ajit Jogi (born 29 April 1946)
  2. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/ajit-jogi
  4. ^ a b "Same battles, different turfs". The Indian Express. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarh contenders". Sify.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Profile/Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi". Rediff.com. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". Election Commission Of India. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  9. ^ a b "Down but not out". India Today. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jogi's true colours". Rediff.com. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ajit Jogi, Ujwala Shinde in Congress list". The Hindu. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "UPA misused the CBI in Jogi case, alleges BJP". The Hindu. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "CBI not to prosecute Jogi". Sify News. 7 January 2007. 
  14. ^ http://www.legalservicesindia.com/articles/mom1.htm
  15. ^ http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/state/madhya-pradesh/bhopal/indore/ajit-jogi-announces-new-party-part-ways-from-congress/articleshow/52622422.cms
  16. ^ http://www.exampleproblems.com/wiki/index.php/Ajit_Jogi
  17. ^ http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl1806/18060240.htm
  18. ^ http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/slap-criminal-cases-after-cag-expose-ajit-jogi_100609604.html
  19. ^ Ajit Jogi announces new political party
  20. ^ Congress set to split in Chhattisgarh
  21. ^ Congress embarrassed after audio tapes link Ajit Jogi to sabotaging party prospects in 2014 bypolls
  22. ^ Chhattisgarh Janta Congress: Ajit Jogi names his new party
  23. ^ Ajit Jogi names new party, Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi)
  24. ^ Ajit Jogi names his new party
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
Chhattisgarh part of
Madhya Pradesh State
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
Succeeded by
Raman Singh