RAIPUR: In a surprise move, regional party Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC-J) president Amit Jogi — son of state’s first chief minister Ajit Jogi — filed his nomination papers to take on chief minister Bhupesh Baghel in his home turf Patan constituency in the next month’s assembly elections.
“JCC-J will free Patan from the clutches of ‘Chacha aur Bhatija’ (uncle and nephew),” Jogi junior said, apparently referring to Baghel and BJP’s Vijay Baghel, who is contesting the assembly elections from this constituency.
The JCC-J leader jumped into the fray in the last minute after he reached the Durg district collectorate with his supporters on the last day for filing of nomination papers for the second phase of elections for which polling is scheduled for November 17.

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“I am not contesting against Bhupesh Baghel but against corruption. This contest is between a powerful “Dau” family and the poor people, belonging to the poor and extremely backward class of Patan. I am just a face, the candidate is the people of Patan,” he said.
“In fact the candidate is the victim of state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) recruitment scam, victims of corruption and many other scams. I stand here as the representative of victims of corruption. I had many other options to contest from safe seats. I could have even contested from two constituencies. However, I have decided to contest for the Patan seat on the wish of the people of Patan,” he added.
Jogi claimed that during the last 23 years the contest in Patan was between uncle and nephew of a single family but the real election will take place this time.
JCC-J, the only recognized regional party in Chhattisgarh, has fielded its candidates from 85 constituencies while it has extended its support one candidate each of Hamar Raj Party and Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) in two assembly constituencies.
Sitting JCC-J legislator Dr Renu Jogi, spouse of late Ajit Jogi and a three-time MLA, is seeking re-election from Kota constituency in Bilaspur district while JCC-J president wife Richha Jogi is seeking election as a party candidate from Akaltara constituency.
In the 2018 elections, Richha Jogi had lost the Akaltara assembly election when she contested as a candidate of BSP, which was then in a pre-poll alliance with JCC-J.





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