Chhattisgarh Elections: Congress fields youth leaders in second list

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Bastar, Oct 25: Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi plays the sacrificing father this time and has given way to his son Amit Jogi from the Marwahi constituency. He had won the last three elections from this constituency.

The older generation in Congress seems to have given way to the younger ones in its second list of 45 candidates. Unlike BJP, it has fielded youths, keeping the sitting MLAs intact. BJP, on the other hand has dropped 10 legislators already. Surprisingly, the Congress has fielded ministers, like Dhanendra Sahu, Satyanarain Sharma and Bhupesh Baghel, who had lost the 2008 elections.

Ajit Jogi's move to step down comes after the dissent against him. Hence, days after the first list was announced on October 11, the minister had said that he fully realises the protests and no longer had the desire for the top position. His only wish was to see his son replace him and enter the electoral politics and that Congress won the elections. Moreover, his wife, Renu Jogi, is a sitting MLA from Kota and has been retained.

Some of the other youth Congress members who have been fielded include Youth Congress leader Vikas Upadhyaya and Raipur Mayor Kiranmayi Nayak. Having announced 17 candidates already, the remaining 28 nominees for the 90-seat Assembly are likely to be announced later this week. BJP, on the other hand, announced 67 candidates on Sunday.

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