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Ajit Jogi
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President of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh
In office
23 June 2016 – 29 May 2020
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Amit Jogi
1st Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
In office
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
  • Dinesh Nandan Sahay
  • Krishna Mohan Seth
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Raman Singh
Member of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly for Marwahi
In office
11 December 2018 – 29 May 2020
Preceded by Amit Jogi
In office
Preceded by Ram Dayal Uike
Succeeded by Amit Jogi
Member of Indian Parliament
In office
Preceded by Shyama Charan Shukla
Succeeded by Chandulal Sahu
Constituency Mahasamund
In office
Preceded by Nand Kumar Sai
Succeeded by Vishnudeo Sai
Constituency Raigarh
MP of Rajya Sabha for Madhya Pradesh
In office
District Collector of Raipur In Office
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-04-29)29 April 1946
Gaurella, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
Died 29 May 2020(2020-05-29) (aged 74)
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
Political party Janta Congress Chhattisgarh
Other political
Indian National Congress (till 2016)
Spouse(s) Dr. Renu Jogi
Children Amit Jogi
Residence(s) Raipur
Alma mater Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (29 April 1946  – 29 May 2020) was an Indian politician, who served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh, India. He was a member of the political party named Janta Congress Chhattisgarh.


Jogi studied Mechanical Engineering at Maulana Azad College of Technology (MACT), Bhopal. He was college topper and hence won the University Gold Medal in 1968. He studied law at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. After having worked briefly as a lecturer at the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, he was selected for two of the most coveted civil services of India; the Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service. He was selected for the Indian Police Service at age of 22. Two years later he was selected for Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He was posted in his home state, Madhya Pradesh as an IAS officer.

Personal life

He was born on April 29, 1946, at Gaurela in Marwahi district of Chhattisgarh. He is survived by wife Renu Jogi who is MLA from Kota constituency and son Amit Jogi who is a former MLA. He was a gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering. He began his professional career as a lecturer in one of the engineering colleges of Raipur city. After completion of his IAS training he was deputed at Raipur as District Magistrate. He was chosen by then Chief Minister Prakash Chandra Sethi to be collector for Sidhi district. He later served as the collector of Shahdol, Raipur and Indore districts. He was considered a bright officer in his role as an IAS officer. He grasped the issues quickly which enabled him to guide his political seniors correctly, as he had a good knowledge on rules and regulations. He was known for having good memory. He could quote the sections from acts at appropriate moments. Even his juniors in court work used to emulate his work. ..... In year 2004, he met with a car crash while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Mahasamund, which left him paralysed from waist downwards. However he kept himself physically active for close to 16 years and remained active in politics. During his last days he was working on his autobiography.

Political career

In the course of his professional work in Sidhi district, he was introduced to Mr.Arjun Singh, a prominent politician from Madhya Pradesh, who later became his mentor in politics. When Arjun Singh became Chief Minister in 1980, he appointed Ajit Jogi as the collector for Raipur and later that of Indore. Ajit Jogi was introduced couple of times by Arjun Singh to Rajiv Gandhi, who was President of Congress Party, who took special interest in him and a guiding factor for him to quit professional service to enter politics. He quit the civil services in 1986 and joined Indian National Congress party. Later he became member of Rajya Sabha at age of 40. He was nominated for the second time too for Rajya Sabha in year 1992, during Prime Ministership of Late Mr.P V. Narasimha Rao. However, he rose to prominence after creation of state Chhattisgarh from the state of Madhya Pradesh in November 2000, when he was chosen to be its first Chief Minister. However BJP won the state's maiden elections held in December 2003, and Ajit Jogi's Congress government was unseated. Though BJP retained power by winning elections in year 2008 and 2013, Ajit Jogi retained his prominence in State Congress party. In 1998, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Raigarh, a constituency reserve for members of Scheduled Tribe and won. However, he lost the Lok Sabha elections in year 1999 from Shahdol. In year 2000, Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, and Sonia Gandhi as President of Congress, chose him as Chief Minister of the newly carved state. Though he did not have political experience which was considered a limitation, his immense experience as Government servant and intelligence made him comfortable in the role and adjust easily. As Chief Minister he had complete grip on state affairs. Ajit Jogi was a unique person who combined politics in administration and administration in politics in his role of governing the state. As the decision making was centralised with him, ministers had little work. His bureaucrats used to take important decisions regarding affairs of the state. However the elections in November 2003 proved disappointing for him. He had an immense popularity in Satnami Community, a powerful Scheduled Caste group in Chhattisgarh. In 2016, he floated the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC), after appealing to the Congress high command. In 2018, his party tied up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), for the Assembly elections. He is known to have a new form of politics, one that invoked Chhattisgarh pride and sub-nationalism. Even after near-fatal accident in a car crash in 2004 while campaigning for Lok sabha elections from Mahasamund which made him paralysed from waist downwards, Jogi contested assembly election and won against his ex-party colleague Vidya Charan Shukla from BJP.

2014 Lok Sabha election campaign

During the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections for the Mahasamund seat, eleven independent candidates filed their nominations in the name of Chandu Lal Sahu. Ajit Jogi was representing Indian National Congress, his main contender was Chandu Lal Sahu from the BJP. Sahu ultimately won the election for the Mahasamund seat but only by small margin of 133 votes and Jogi was accused of creating 11 namesakes similar to his BJP rival, as independents, to confuse voters.

Positions held

  • Jogi served as a District collector of Indore during 1981–85
  • 1986–87 Member, All India Congress Committee (AICC) on welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
  • 1986–1998 Member, Rajya Sabha (two terms)
  • 1987–1989 General secretary, Pradesh-Congress Committee, Madhya Pradesh and 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
  • 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
  • 2004–2008 MP in the 14th Lok Sabha for Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh
  • 2008– Member of the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, representing the Marwahi constituency


Jogi died in the afternoon of Friday, 29 May 2020, aged 74. His son, Amit Jogi, confirmed the news on his official Twitter page. Jogi was admitted to hospital after a heart attack, which was caused by a tamarind seed stuck in his throat. Since he was a Christian, he was laid to rest at a cemetery at Jyotipur area in Gaurela town of GPM district in Chhattisgarh.

Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J)

The Janta Congress Chhattisgarh political party was founded by Jogi, after he and his son Amit were expelled from the Indian National Congress due to anti-party activities as well as sabotaging Antagarh by-poll elections. Amit was expelled for six years.

Jogi launched a party in Thathapur village of Kawardha district and directly challenged Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh.

In February 2018, Jogi announced that he would contest the election from Rajnandgaon, and after some time he also announced that he would contest the election from Marwahi. On 29 April Jogi gathered more than 72000 people for rally on his birthday.

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