Renu for Ajit, not politics
Ajit Jogi, former CM of Chhattisgarh, has dictated a message for the Mahasamund electorate from his hospital bed in Mumbai. It will be carried to his constituents by his supporters and wife, Dr Renu Jogi, who has since resigned as Associate Professor (Ophthalmology), in Raipur's Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital. Dr Jogi spoke to Vinod Sharma from Mumbai. Excerpts:
How is your husband responding to treatment?
He's doing fine. He sat for 30 minutes this morning. He has started eating, complained of pain in his lower half and could identify his big toe. These are good signs.
You have resigned from the government job you held in a Raipur hospital. Are you planning to join active politics?
I have no inclination to join politics. I have resigned and sought a waiver of the three-month notice period (on payment of Rs 88,000 against salary for the period) to be available to my husband for any kind of assistance — personal, medical or political. Once my resignation is accepted, I'll tour his constituency to meet the people. I have been holding eye-camps in Mahasamund. So, I know the area quite well.
Is there a possibility of Jogi visiting his constituency before the April 20 polling?
He is very keen. But for us, his wellbeing and quick recovery is the topmost priority. On April 17, the doctors attending on him will decide whether he can be permitted to undertake the journey to Raipur.
What has Jogi said in his message to the Mahasamund electorate?
He said he could survive the accident by God's grace and the love and affection of his constituents. Perhaps the Almighty has willed that he should recover to serve the people of Mahasamund. It's his hope that he would be able to visit the constituency at least for a day before the polling date.