Ajit Jogi and his wife in electoral fray
Ajit Jogi, a sitting MP from Mahasamund will be contesting the election from Marwahi (ST) seat, his wife a sitting MLA Renu Jogi will be contesting from Kota constituency, both in Bilaspur district.india Updated: Nov 03, 2008 19:42 IST
The Jogi couple is in the electoral fray for this year's Chhattisgarh assembly elections.
Ajit Jogi, a sitting MP from Mahasamund will be contesting the election from Marwahi (ST) seat, his wife a sitting MLA Renu Jogi will be contesting from Kota constituency, both in Bilaspur district.
Both Ajit Jogi and his wife filed their nomination at Bilaspur on Monday.
In the last assembly elections Ajit Jogi had contested from Marwahi and defeated BJP's Nandkumar Sai by 54,150 votes. He, however, resigned from the seat soon after he was elected to the Parliament from Mahasamund constituency defeating senior leader Vidya Charan Shukla.
With Sai moving to the court questioning Jogi's caste status and his contesting from Marwahi reserved constituency , by-election could not be held for that seat and it remained vacant till the end of the second assembly.
On the other hand, Renu Jogi, entered active politics when she contested and won the Kota assembly seat by-election.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Rajendra Prasad Shukla.
There was suspense over Jogi contesting from Marwahi till last minute, as there was no name from Marwahi in the last list of candidates declared by the party high command for Chhattisgarh. However, Jogi got the consent from party leadership at last minute and filed his nomination.