Claiming to be the “true beacon of Congress ideology”, Ajit Jogi Tuesday announced the name of his new party, Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi) and said that his party would work for the people of Chhattisgarh.
Jogi, who had quit the Congress two weeks ago, made the announcement at Thathapur village in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh, which is considered Chief Minister Raman Singh’s home turf.
Offering to become the regional alternative to two national parties — BJP and Congress — in the state, Jogi hit out at the BJP government. “Decisions that should be taken for all sections of society in Chhattisgarh, come from Delhi. They have no Chhattisgarh centred vision for businessmen, farmers and youth of our state. We will form a government where all the decisions will be taken here and even the minimum support price for farmers will be decided here. We will also make Chhattisgarh a tax-free state.”
The Congress, meanwhile, held a show of strength in the Jogi stronghold of Marwahi. Congress general secretary in charge of the state, B K Hariprasad, and other party leaders attacked Jogi for “sabotaging the Congress”.