Ajit Jogi, First Chief Minister of Chattisgarh passes away

Former CM Ajit Jogi had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh after he suffered a cardiac arrest on May 9 of this year.

Ajit Jogi
He was 74 year old at the time of his death.

Twenty days after being admitted to a private hospital in Raipur, first Chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi passed away on Friday after suffering two cardiac arrests. Jogi had suffered multiple arrests in the past 20 days, was comatose and on ventilator support as doctors were trying to revive his brain activity. He was 74 years old at the time of his death.

On Friday, Ajit Jogi breathed his last at around 3.30 pm at Shri Narayana hospital in Raipur. Dr Sunil Khemka, a senior doctor looking after Jogi said, “He suffered two heart attacks one after the other, and we tried to revive his heart activity for over two hours, but he was finally declared dead.”

On May 9, Jogi had suffered a cardiac arrest after breakfast when he was revived at home and rushed to the hospital, where he was put on a ventilator.

Jogi is survived by his wife MLA Renu Jogi and son Amit Jogi, who took to Twitter to confirm his father’s death. “20-year-old young Chattisgarh is facing the loss today, like me,” he wrote.

Jogi studied Mech. Eng. at the Maulana Azad College of Tech., Bhopal, winning the University Gold Medal in 1968.

A bureaucrat-turned politician, Jogi had served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003 in then Congress government, after the state came into existence.

Prior to his stint in politics, Ajit Jogi was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He served as a district collector of Indore in Madhya Pradesh between 1981 and 1985. Before he took office as the first CM of Chhattisgarh in November, 2000, Ajit Jogi served as a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Madhya Pradesh.

Jogi parted ways with the Congress in 2016 after he and his son got embroiled in a controversy over a by-election. Later, he quit the Congress and formed Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

Condolences are pouring in from all political quarters.

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