Ajit Jogi resigns from Congress in letter to Sonia

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2016 19:30 IST
Former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi (PTI Photo)

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, who has floated a new party, resigned from the Congress on Wednesday.

“I hereby resign from the primary membership of the Congress party with immediate effect,” Jogi said in a one-line resignation letter addressed to the party president Sonia Gandhi.

The 70-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician floated a new political outfit on June 6 by releasing the manifesto of the party he is yet to name.

The announcement marks the culmination of the long-drawn factionalism within the Chhatisgarh party unit led by Bhupesh Baghel.

The former Chhattisgarh CM’s son, Amit Jogi, was expelled from the Congress in January this year after a leaked telephonic conversation allegedly pointed fingers at him for fixing a by-election in favour of the BJP by putting only a “demo fight from the Congress side”.

A Delhi court in April acquitted five people, including Amit Jogi in a graft case related to a 2003 sting operation involving former union Minister and senior BJP leader Dilip Singh Judeo.

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