Cong to field Ajit Jogi's wife, son

The Congress appears to have quelled the rebellion of former chief minister Ajit Jogi by deciding to field his wife and son Amit and Renu in the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly elections.

While Amit has been fielded from the Marwahi Assembly seat, which was once represented by Ajit Jogi, Renu will contest from Kota.

Ajit Jogi had insisted that he be projected as the Congress’ chief ministerial candidate in the ensuing elections.

However, the Congress leadership had made it clear that his demands were unacceptable. He had to choose between himself and his son for a party ticket.

The Congress list of 45 candidates, declared on Monday, includes Arun Vora, son of AICC treasurer Motilal Vora and Amitesh Shukla, nephew of the late Vidyacharan Shukla. Vora has been fielded from Durg City, where he lost three times in a row.

Shukla is in the fray from Rajim. His uncle Vidyacharan was killed in the May 25 Maoist attack in Bastar, which virtually wiped out the entire state Congress leadership.

Leader of the Opposition Ravindra Choubey, senior state leader T S Singhdeo and PCC coordinator Bhupesh Baghel have also been re-nominated.

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