Ajit Jogi is no longer a member of the Congress Working Committee after his announcement of forming a new party, Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad said on Tuesday.
Former Chhattisgarh chief minister and rebel Congress leader Jogi has he is floating a new party, asking people to suggest a name for it.
He made the announcement while addressing a rally in Kotmi in Marwahi assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh on Monday.
“The fate of Chhattisgarh should be decided in the state. We will not accept decisions taken by people sitting in Delhi. The state is very rich in resources, but people are very poor. We will not tolerate this anymore. The development of the state will now be done by the poor and labourers,” Jogi said.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh played down the significance of Jogi charting out an independent course, saying only his “wife, son and an MLA” were with him and called his exit as “good” for the party.
The Congress leader said the alleged fixing of the Antagarh assembly byelection in 2014, in which Jogi and his son Amit’s names had figured, eroded his faith in the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
Jogi has denied any wrongdoing and claimed the tapes of alleged bypoll fixing were forged.