For the first time in 20 years, no member of the Jogi circle of relatives will be in the fray for polls in Chhattisgarh’s Marwahi. The Marwahi seat fell vacant following Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) chief Ajit Jogi‘s death in May. Bypolls to the seat are scheduled on November 3. The nomination papers of Ajit Jogi’s son, Amit Jogi, were rejected on October 19, making it an instantaneous fight between Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and ruling Congress.
The nomination was once rejected on the basis of a high-power committee’s outline that concluded Amit Jogi isn’t a tribal. His wife Richa Jogi’s nomination for the seat reserved for scheduled tribes was once also cancelled on the same grounds.
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Amit Jogi, who has been camping in Marwahi, said he has not told the people who they must vote but certainly who they must not vote for. He added he’s assembly people of Marwahi to offer protection to his father’s honour. “My crusade in Marawahi isn’t for the vote but to tell people approximately the injustice that has been done to me by the Congress government. This government has insulted the reminiscence of my father and they retain abusing my father.”
He blamed chief minister Bhupesh Baghel for removing him from the contest. “But he cannot take me out of the hearts of people in Marwahi. I am certain that the people of Marwahi will give protection to the honour of my father.”
The constituency has been the bastion of the Jogis since Chhattisgarh’s formation in 2000. Ajit Jogi successfully contested by-election from Marwahi in 2001 after he became the state’s first chief minister in 2000. He retained the seat in 2003 and 2008 before his son successfully contested from Marwahi in 2013. Ajit Jogi won the seat again in 2018 two years after he quit the Congress and formed his own party, which bagged five seats. His ally Bahujan Samaj Party won two seats.
Congress leader RP Singh said after his father’s death, Amit Jogi enjoys no make stronger in Marwahi. “Secondly, everyone in the constituency has understood that Amit has joined hands with BJP. We are winning the by-poll because BJP is nowhere.”
The BJP has fielded Gambhir Singh, a surgeon, and the Congress Dr Krishan Kumar Dhruw, who has served as a medical officer in the area.
BJP leader Sacchinand Upsane said they are going to win with a immense margin. “The Congress is spreading rumours that Amit Jogi is with us… They came third in final elections and we got more votes than Congress. They themselves are joining hands with native leaders of JCC because they realize that Congress has no base in the constituency.”
Pariwesh Mishra, a political commentator, said by coming out openly against Congress and by default in favour of BJP in a bipolar contest, Jogi has killed any chances of reconciliation or his return to his parent party anytime soon.