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‘Amit Jogi punctures Ajit Jogi’s plan of returning to Congress’

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New Delhi, May 15: If the political buzz in Chhattisgarh is to be believed then former State Chief Minister and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) founder Ajit Jogi is trying his level best to return back to the Congress party. It is notable that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is credited for the departure of Amit Jogi and Ajit Jogi from the Congress, who once enjoyed a close relationship with then Congress President Sonia Gandhi.Amit Jogi was expelled from the Congress after an audio tape purportedly revealed that the Antagarh Assembly seat bypoll in 2014 was fixed. Later Ajit Jogi also resigned from the party and floated the JCC (J). Jogis joined hands with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati in last year’s assembly elections. The JCC (J) won five seats and became the first political party of Chhattisgarh to be recognised as a state party.
According to the sources, Jogis were surprised that instead of denting Congress in the assembly elections, they had helped it to win the elections. When the Lok Sabha elections were announced then initially Jogis hinted at fighting the elections but later announced that the JCC (J) won’t contest Lok Sabha elections and would support BSP candidates. According to a source, “The decision to not contest the Lok Sabha elections is primarily aimed at not repeating the mistake of assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed Jogis to keep them away from the Lok Sabha polls.” Another problem that the Jogis faced is that as soon as their bête noire Baghel became the chief minister, many JCC (J) leaders and workers shifted loyalty and joined the Congress.

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