Flush from his victory in giving a drubbing to the ruling BJP in the recently concluded Rajnandgaon bye-elections in Chhatisgarh, former chief minister and Member of Parliament Ajit Jogi has now trained his guns on his detractors within the State Congress.
Though restricted to a wheel chair, a buoyant Jogi was at his wittiest best when he hit out at Motilal Vora who happens to be the national treasurer of the Congress Party and at State party president Dr Charandas Mahant. "I have no hesitation in thanking Motilal Voraji, Mahantji and BJP Chief Minister Dr Raman Singhji in jointly contributing to the Congress victory in Rajnandgaon. I give them full credit for the win," he said.
Jogi was interacting with media persons in Raipur on Tuesday noon. His wife and newly elected MLA Dr Renu Jogi, son Amit Jogi, former Raipur Mayor Tarun Chaterjee, Mahant Ramsunder Das, MLA and other senior State Congress leaders were present.
To a question, Jogi said, the thumping Congress wins in Kota and Rajnandgaon bye- elections to the State Assembly and Lok Sabha respectively, only go to reflect the accumulated anguish the poor people of the State harbour against the BJP for its continuing misrule in Chhattisgarh.
On the issue of his dramatic arrest on a non-bailable warrant issued by Raipur's Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Satyabhama Ajay Dubey on March 16 last, for the June 4, 2003 murder of National Congress Party State Treasurer Ramavatar Jaggi, following a complaint lodged by Jaggi's son Satish, Jogi said he found it strange to see Motilal Vora and state party chief Mahant 'singing in tune' with BJP Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh that the arrest was not a conspiracy by the BJP led State Government to derail Jogi from campaigning in Rajnandgaon. “Don’t forget, we have won from where Vora had lost earlier to Dr Raman Singh” he added.
Replying to another question about senior Congressman and Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma, being snubbed and prevented from campaigning for the party candidate Dewvrat Singh in Rajnandgaon, Jogi said, “ I have not said or done anything in it. It was the party candidate, Dewvrat Singh, who had personally written to Karma asking him to stay away from Rajnandgaon as it would have a negative effect on the ongoing campaigning there at that time.”
Jogi and Mahendra Karma, who are long-time foes, have never seen eye to eye on the ongoing Salwa Judum (Peoples campaign against Maoists) in Bastar bordering Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.
Jogi would be accompanying newly elected Rajnandgaon MP, Dewvrat Singh, to Delhi to meet Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, either on March 9 or 10.