Ram Nath Kovind, Narenda Modi, Rajnath Singh, Mamata Banerjee Devendra Fadnavis and many other political leaders are saddened by the death of Ajit Jogi, the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, who died at 74.
Ajit Jogi had suffered two cardiac arrests over the past week. He had been in hospital for nearly three weeks. His son Amit Jogi made the announcement on Twitter. He tweeted, “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.
He secured a mechanical engineering degree with a gold medal from the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal in 1967. In 1968, he cracked the UPSC exam in his first attempt and was selected in the Indian Police Service (IPS). He cleared the exam for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1970. He still holds the national record for serving as a district collector for the longest duration.
Ajit Jogi was the Indore district collector in 1985 when he received a phone call from then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who asked him to resign from the IAS and join the Congress. Having plunged in to politics, he became the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in 2000.
Ajit Jogi, who was a Congressman all his life, was expelled along with his son for anti-party activities. He had a long association with the Nehru-Gandhi family, even though he was never on the best of terms with Rahul Gandhi. He went on to form the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) in 2016. In the 2018 election, Ajit Jogi’s party failed to make a mark as the BJP lost power after three terms and the Congress won comfortably.
Ajit Jogi was one of the stalwart leaders of Indian politics and his sudden demised has shocked many leaders inlcuding President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some of them took to Twitter to pay their last tributes to him.
President Ram Nath Kovind: Sad to hear of the passing of first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Shri Ajit Jogi. A man of many parts, Shri Jogi was an able administrator known for promoting development of the State and its people. My condolences to his family, friends and followers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Shri Ajit Jogi Ji was passionate about public service. This passion made him work hard as a bureaucrat and as a political leader. He strived to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor, especially tribal communities. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family. RIP.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh: Deeply anguished by the demise of former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri Ajit Jogj ji. He was blessed with a warm and dynamic personality. His contribution to public life was noteworthy. My condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti!
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: I am very sorry to hear of the demise of Shri Ajit Jogi Ji. Deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers. A leader and the first Chief Minister who laid the foundations of the state of Chhattisgarh, his loss will be felt by many.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis: Sad to know about the demise of senior leader Ajit Jogi ji. We lost a dynamic personality who had a versatile journey in life right from lecturer, IAS, IPS to becoming First CM of Chhattisgarh. My heartfelt tributes to Him & condolences to his family, friends, followers. ॐ शांति