The ruling BJP is maintaining dominance in Chhattisgarh, leading in 10 out of 11 Lok Sabha seats, with former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, who is contesting from Mahasamund, the only Congress candidate who is ahead in the counting.
Bilaspur High Court granted time till April 28 for submission of copy of FIR registered against former Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress nominee Ajit Jogi and his reply in connection with a poll code violation case.
The three Lok Sabha constituencies in Chhattisgarh which go to polls Thursday are significant as the outcome will have a bearing on the future of veteran Congress leader Ajit Jogi and the stature of Chief Minister Raman Singh.
Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, Deepak Karma - son of late Congress leader Mahendra Karma, and tribal activist Soni Sori were among those who filed their nominations on Friday for the Lok Sabha elections in the tribal-dominated state.
The illegal snooping row intensified on Monday with the BJP rejecting Congress demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge and the ruling party accusing Narendra Modi of heading a "fascist" set up in Gujarat under which a woman was allegedly ordered to be stalked.
`If Ram Singh`s party loses in Kawardha, it will be a moral victory for us` --this is the refrain in Congress here, which is hoping to wrest the seat from BJP in Chhattisgarh Chief Minister`s home town but a divided house is making it an uphill task.
Returning officer of Kunkuri Assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh has served a notice on senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ajit Jogi for allegedly violating the poll code by misleading tribal voters over functioning of EVMs when they cast their vote.
Long considered one of the few Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh with a mass following, Ajit Jogi is the single biggest challenge to Chief Minister Raman Singh in his efforts to score a hat trick in the upcoming Assembly election.
In November 01, 2000, the ‘heart of India’ Madhya Pradesh was bifurcated and Chhattisgarh was carved out of it. After the formation of this new state the top brass of Congress preferred Ajit Jogi, then an Arjun Singh protégé. The decision to anoint Jogi as the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh triggered a political rivalry within the party which continues till today.
Amit Jogi and Renu Jogi, son and wife of Congress leader Ajit Jogi, figured in the second list of 45 candidates announced by the party Monday for the Chhattisgarh assembly elections to be held November 11 and 19.