Marwahi, Chhattisgarh, Nov 18 (UNI) Braving some inner bickerings within the party rank and file, bureaucrat-turned political Congress chief minister candidate Ajit Jogi and his doctor wife Renu were sure to win the elections and just competing against each other that who would win with more margin votes.
While the Congress star campaigner Mr Jogi was contesting from Marwahi(ST) seat third time even though the controversy over his schedule tribe affliation was yet to be resolved by the court, Renu, who entered the politics in 2006 by winning the adjoining Kota seat in the Bilaspur district, was on the way to regain it for second time.
The couple are very popular in the region but the people particularly the Congress workers, who were associated with the Jogi family, were annoyed with the former CM for contesting the Lok Sabha from Mahasamund seat.
Though everyone in both the constituencies were sure that BJP was contesting 88 seats leaving Marwahi and Kota for the Congress, but still the inner party dispute would certainly have an impact on the winning margin of the couple.
Both the constituencies dominated by 70 per cent tribal electorate belonging to Gond, Bhayaria and Dhanwari communities had faced a severe drought situation this year.
Jogi who is paralysed below the waist after a car accident in 2004 has a high moral and was addressing about 8 election meetings daily state wide while his wife, an ophthalmologist by proffession, have left the government job and joined the politics in 2006. The ex-CM had joined the politics in 1986 leaving the Indian Adminstrative Services (IAS) to become the Congress Rajya Sabha member for two terms till 1998. Later he won the Lok Sabha seat of Raigarh in 1998 and became the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in 2000.
Mr Jogi, who during filing of his nominations from the seat had announced that he would not be available for electioneering in his constituency, but had now decided to camp in Kota and Marwahi in the last leg of the campaigning just to ensure a comfortable win.
BJP candidate Dhyan Singh Porte was also trying to give a fight to the Congress candidate Jogi in Marwahi, but in Kota BJP nominee Mool Chand Khandelwal was neck to neck in the campaigning against Ms Renu.
Old supporters of Mr Jogi, Samajwadi Party candidate Uma Shanker Jaiswal and independent Girja Keserwani, were giving added problem for the doctor candidate in Kota.
However, Amit Jogi, son of the couple had taken up the charge of election campaign in both the seats. Amit, who has been acquitted by the lower court in the murder of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Ramavtar Jaggi in 2003, seems ambitious to enter politics to maintain the family tradition.
In both the constituencies, the candidates of the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) might dent into the votes of both the Congress and BJP as the voters of Gond tribal community rules the roost in the seats.
People visiting Kota, will watch an interesting campaigning, with Congress toe the lines of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi by distributing Jogi-masks to school childrens.
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