Ajit Jogi, first CM of Chhattisgarh, dies at 74

Ajit Jogi, who served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh after the formation of the state, died at 74 on Friday. The announcement of his demise was made by his son Amit Jogi who took to Twitter at 3:35 pm and in a post said, “Not only me but Chhattisgarh has lost his father. His funeral will take place tomorrow in his native land Gorela.”

Earlier on Friday, Ajit Jogi suffered two cardiac arrests after which doctors termed his health as “extremely critical”. Jogi had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Raipur since suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in the state capital of Chhattisgarh on May 9.

The son also shared pictures from the hospital where he last met his father. In one of the pictures, Amit Jogi, bent forwards, can be seen clutching his father’s feet and the head resting on the toes. “20-year-old Chhattisgarh has lost a patriarch. Not just me, but Chhattisgarh and its citizens have lost a father,” Amit Jogi posted in his tribute.

  • Ajit Jogi has served as the first Chief Minister of the state of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003
  • He parted ways with the Congress in 2016 and went on to form the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J).
  • Jogi studied Mechanical Engineering at the Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal, winning the University Gold Medal in 1968.
  • In June 2007, Jogi and his son were arrested in connection with the murder of NCP treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi, who had been shot dead in June 2003.

Prior to his stint in politics, Ajit Jogi was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He served as a district collector of Indore in Madhya Pradesh between 1981 and 1985. Before he took office as the first CM of Chhattisgarh in November, 2000, Ajit Jogi served as a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Madhya Pradesh.

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