Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi announced on Tuesday that his new political party would be called Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi).
The decision comes nearly a week after he resigned from the Congress party.
He announced the name of the new party at a public rally in Thathapur -- the native place of state chief minister Raman Singh, in Kawardha district.
Earlier, Jogi had suggested eight probable names and six symbols for his new party on June 6 at Marwahi, where he announced his decision to launch the new political outfit. People were asked to submit their preferences online, on social media or on paper.
In the presence of hundreds of supporters, Jogi said that in 2018, his party would form the new government in Chhattisgarh. In an attempt to win over the locals, he said his focus would be on selecting those who knew the Chhattisgarhi dialect, into government service.
The rebellion in Chhattisgarh comes at a time when the Congress party faces similar issues in Uttarakhand, Tripura, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Manipur.
The 70-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician reiterated the party’s welfare measures earmarked in the manifesto released at Kotmi in Marwahi on June 6.
Jogi’s move is being viewed as an attempt to insure the political future of his legislator son, Amit Jogi, who was expelled from the Congress in January for allegedly trying to swing a by-election in favour of the BJP. Jogi resigned from the primary membership of Congress party on June 15 after he was removed from the Congress Working Committee.
CM Raman Singh, who has been in power in the mineral rich state for over 12 years, said at the time that the decision did not affect his party at all.
The father-son duo, however, lashed out at the Raman Singh-led government alleging poor governance and corruption. “To save the rights and honour of Chhattisgarh, the need was felt for a new party that will put an end to ‘Raman Raj’,” he said.