Raipur Amit Jogi, the state president of Chhattisgarh’s only recognized regional political party, the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J), has filed his nomination papers from the high-profile Patan seat, which is the home constituency of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, creating an intriguing battle triangle. BJP MP from Durg and manifesto committee chief convener, Vijay Baghel, is also in the fray in Patan. Earlier, the JCC-J president had nominated Sheetkaran Mahilwar as the party candidate from Patan. On Monday, the last day of nomination for the second phase poll, Amit Jogi took everyone by surprise by submitting his nomination papers. “Our party has historically distributed tickets while considering both the caste equation and social balance.
The party, with a focus on all sections of society, has allocated tickets to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, backward classes, the Sahu community, Yadav community, Kurmi community, Patel community, Nishad community, Yadav community, Muslim community, Brahmin community, and Bengali community. In addition to the 10 reserved seats for Scheduled Castes, the party has also given tickets to the Scheduled Caste category on 11 other general seats,” Jogi said while talking to media persons after filing his nomination on Monday. In the capital city, Raipur, out of 4 general seats, the Scheduled Caste category has been nominated as a candidate in 3 of them. Additionally, 15 women have been fielded in the electoral arena. Furthermore, in the history of Chhattisgarh, in 2014, the party nominated Madhu Kinnar, a transgender from the Kinnar community, as an independent mayor from Raigarh,” Amit Jogi added. He said that with the party’s increasing popularity among the people, nearly 2500 people from across the state have applied for tickets from the Jogi party, and all of them claim they will win. However, the party’s core committee has chosen candidates based on a strategy of social engineering that focuses on winning candidates who will serve Chhattisgarh’s interests.” He said, “I will talk to all the disappointed party leaders and workers who were denied tickets.”