Nomination papers filed by the chief of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) Amit Jogi for the upcoming bypolls on Marwahi constituency, a standard seat of the chief and his father and former chief minister Ajit Jogi, was rejected by the district collector on Saturday.
Jogi’s Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates filed with the nomination papers was discovered “invalid”. The nomination papers of Jogi’s spouse Richa Jogi, who had filed nomination for a similar seat, was additionally cancelled by the district collector on the identical floor.
“After scrutiny, the nomination papers of Amit Jogi and Richa Jogi have been cancelled,” an election official of district stated.
A Chhattisgarh-government constituted scrutiny committee headed by DD Singh, secretary of state’s Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste improvement division, in its order dated October 15, 2020, had cancelled Jogi’s tribal caste certificates.
The bypolls on the Marwahi meeting seat, which was empty after the dying of former CM Ajit Jogi, shall be held on November 3. The ruling Congress occasion has given a ticket to Dr KL Dhruve from the seat, whereas Dr Gambhir Singh is contesting on Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ticket.
Amit Jogi, reacting on the rejection of his and his spouse’s nomination papers, in a written assertion alleged that the district collector took the motion on instructions from chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. He stated he problem the choice legally.
“I have full faith in the judiciary and the people’s court, and justice will be done with Jogi family as usual,” he stated.
“The high-level caste scrutiny committee had suddenly cancelled the certificate. Everyone, except me, was aware of the development. There is conspiracy going on against me at the behest of Chhattisgarh CM. The country functions according to law and constitution not by revenge. The government has finally admitted that it is impossible to defeat Jogi in people’s court,” Jogi acknowledged.
Congress has welcomed the choice of high-powered committee. “The tribals of the state have got justice after the decision. We welcome the decision of the committee,” stated state Congress spokesperson RP Singh.
The controversy over Ajit Jogi’s tribal standing has been a political challenge in Chhattisgarh since 2001.