RAIPUR: Miffed with the Congress, former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on Thursday said he will float his own political outfit.
“The name of the new party, its symbol, the occasion of its launch and related details will be decided on June 6 at my native place Marwahi in Bilaspur. Everything will be declared from there,” Jogi said.
“The present state Congress leadership, which is in collusion with the BJP, is not capable of contesting against the ruling Raman Raj,” he said, referring to incumbent CM Raman Singh. “Once I enter the fray on my own, the fight will only exist between me and Raman Singh and the Congress will not even touch a double digit figure in Chhattisgarh,” he said.
He insisted his main aim was to create a “Raman Singh-mukt Chhattisgarh”.
His legislator son Amit was expelled from the Congress earlier this year, following allegations of trying to fix the result of a by-election in favour of the BJP. Jogi too was suspended after audio tapes allegedly featuring him and his son attempting to rig the poll were leaked. The party’s disciplinary committee is yet to take a decision about it.
Amit is currently on a state-wide ‘Gram Awaaz’ tour to connect with the rural masses. Jogi said some 1,500 members of his core team will gather on June 6 to chart the future course of action.
“The Congress seems to be in a pathetic situation not just in Chhattisgarh, but nationally too. No serious steps have been taken to revive ourselves and strengthen the party which has sunk to a historic new low of just 44 seats in Lok Sabha. So, I am facing pressure from workers and well-wishers to think of an alternative plan to get rid of Raman Raj and form our own government,” Jogi said.
Criticising Jogi’s move, Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, PCC general secretary, said: “Jogi’s statements and actions clearly indicate he is hand-in-glove with the ruling BJP.”