Chhattisgarh’s First Chief Minister Ajit Jogi Dies at 74

Chhattisgarh’s first chief minister Ajit Jogi passed away on Friday afternoon. His son, Amit Jogi, confirmed the news on his official Twitter handle. He was 74.

Expressing remorse, Amit Jogi said the last rites of his father will be performed at his native town in Gaurella.

Jogi was admitted to hospital earlier this month and was in a “very critical” condition and on ventilator support.

With neurological activities “almost nil” and he remaining in coma, doctors had started “audio therapy” by making Jogi listen to his favourite songs on earphones.

Jogi was admitted in Shree Narayana Hospital on May 9 after he suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest. As per doctors, a sweet tamarind seed had got stuck in his windpipe.

A bureaucrat-turned politician, Jogi had served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003 in then Congress government, after the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

Jogi, the incumbent MLA from Marwahi seat, parted ways with the Congress in 2016 and formed his outfit Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

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