Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (born 29 April 1946) is an Indian politician, who served as the first chief minister of the state of Chhattisgarh, India. He was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party.[4]

Ajit Jogi
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President, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
Preceded byPost Created
1st Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
In office
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
Preceded byPost Created
Succeeded byRaman Singh
Member of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly for Marwahi
Assumed office
11 December 2018
Preceded byAmit Jogi
In office
Preceded byRam Dayal Uike
Succeeded byAmit Jogi
Member of Indian Parliament
In office
Preceded byShyama Charan Shukla
Succeeded byChandulal Sahu
In office
Preceded byNand Kumar Sai
Succeeded byVishnudeo Sai
MP of Rajya Sabha for Madhya Pradesh
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-04-29) 29 April 1946 (age 73)[1][2]
Bilaspur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
(now in Chhattisgarh, India)
Political partyChhattisgarh Janata Congress
Other political
Indian National Congress (till 2016)
Spouse(s)Dr. Renu Jogi[3]
ChildrenAmit Jogi

Jogi studied Mechanical Engineering at the Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal, winning the University Gold Medal in 1968.[5] After having worked briefly as a lecturer at the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, he was selected for the Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service.[6]

2014 Lok Sabha election campaignEdit

During the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election over the Mahasamund seat, eleven independent candidates all named Chandu Lal Sahu filed to run.[7] At the time, Jogi's main contender was Chandu Lal Sahu of the BJP party.[7] Sahu ultimately won the election only by small margin of 133 votes[8] and Jogi was accused of planting those names to confuse voters.[7]

Positions heldEdit

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)[6]
  • 1987-1989 General secretary, Pradesh-Congress Committee, Madhya Pradesh 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[9]
  • 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[6]
  • 2004-2008 MP in the 14th Lok Sabha for Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh[10]
  • 2008- Member of the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, representing the Marwahi constituency[4]


In June 2007, Jogi and his son were arrested in connection with the murder of NCP treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi, who had been spot dead in June 2003.[11] However, after five years of the registering of a case against him, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based on an opinion of then ASG Gopal Subramanian said that Jogi could not be prosecuted under any law. However BJP alleged that Congress led UPA government misused CBI to protect Jogi.[12][13]

On 6 June 2016, Jogi announced breaking his affiliation with Indian National Congress in the presence of his wife and son in a political gathering in Chhattisgarh.[14]

In August 2019, a high-level judicial committee dismissed Ajit Jogi's claim of belonging to a Scheduled Tribe (ST) and canceled all his caste certificates. Ajit Jogi was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record). Additionally, Jogi is accused of cheating and forgery in connection with the declaration in a poll affidavit submitted by him during the 2013 Assembly elections. Facing an FIR and arrests in the fake caste certificate case, Ajit Jogi was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR after he complained of breathing problem. "Chhattisgarh: Former CM Ajit Jogi booked in fake caste certificate". TimesOfIndia.

Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J)Edit

Janta Congress Chhattisgarh was founded by former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi,after Jogi and his son Amit were expelled from Indian National Congress due to anti-party activities as well as sabotaging an Antagarh by polls elections. Amit Jogi was expelled for six years.[15][16][17]

Jogi launched a party Thathapur village of Kawardha district and directly challenged Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh.[18][19][20]

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


  1. ^ "Ajit Jogi (born 29 April 1946)". Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/ajit-jogi
  3. ^ Dr. Renu Jogi[1]
  4. ^ a b "Same battles, different turfs". The Indian Express. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarh contenders". Sify.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Profile/Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi". Rediff.com. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  7. ^ a b c "How Congress's Ajit Jogi used 11 namesakes of BJP rival, yet lost seat". India Today. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". Election Commission Of India. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Jogi's true colours". Rediff.com. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Ajit Jogi, Ujwala Shinde in Congress list". The Hindu. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Down but not out". India Today. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  12. ^ "UPA misused the CBI in Jogi case, alleges BJP". The Hindu. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  13. ^ "CBI not to prosecute Jogi". Sify News. 7 January 2007.
  14. ^ http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/state/madhya-pradesh/bhopal/indore/ajit-jogi-announces-new-party-part-ways-from-congress/articleshow/52622422.cms
  15. ^ Ajit Jogi announces new political party
  16. ^ Congress set to split in Chhattisgarh
  17. ^ Congress embarrassed after audio tapes link Ajit Jogi to sabotaging party prospects in 2014 bypolls
  18. ^ Chhattisgarh Janta Congress: Ajit Jogi names his new party
  19. ^ Ajit Jogi names new party, Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi)
  20. ^ Ajit Jogi names his new party
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Nand Kumar Sai
Member of Parliament
for Raigarh

1998 – 1999
Succeeded by
Vishnudeo Sai
Preceded by
Shyama Charan Shukla
Member of Parliament
for Mahasamund

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Chandu Lal Sahu
Political offices
Preceded by
Chhattisgarh part of
Madhya Pradesh State
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
9 November 2000 – 6 December 2003
Succeeded by
Raman Singh