Ajit Jogi, ex-IAS officer who became Chhattisgarh’s first CM, dies

Ajit Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh that became a state two decades ago, died in Raipur Friday after a prolonged illness. He was 74.

Jogi was admitted to Raipur’s Shree Narayana Hospital earlier this month after he suffered a cardiac arrest, and had been in a critical condition since.

His son Amit Jogi broke the news of his death on Twitter.

Amit Jogi, the president of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh Jogi (JCCJ), also said the former CM’s last rights will be performed Saturday at Gaurella, his place of birth.

In a statement, the hospital said Jogi’s condition deteriorated around 1.30 pm Friday after he suffered another cardiac arrest.

Jogi’s stint as Chhattisgarh’s first chief minister lasted all of just three years, but the veteran politician is credited for painstakingly creating the roadmap for development in the state.

Known to be a political survivor, Jogi continued to play a key role in Chhattisgarh politics despite a road accident in 2004, which left him paralysed below the waist. He, however, never regained power after losing the 2003 assembly elections.

A Congressman for nearly 30 years, Jogi had launched Janata Congress Chhattisgarh Jogi (JCCJ) in 2016.