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First Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi Passes Away

Bhubaneswar: The first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, died while undergoing treatment at Shree Narayana Hospital in Raipur on Friday. News about his death was shared by his son Amit Jogi.

Ajit had been hospitalised following a heart attack on May 9 and slipped into comatose on the next day. Dr Sunil Khemka, Hospital Director, had stated that Ajit was suffering from a condition called hypoxia.

Jogi, who quit the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) to join politics, is an MLA from the Marwahi region. He became the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh when it was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defeated the Congress in the first elections to the Assembly in 2003. Due to differences with Congress leaders, Jogi formed the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) in 2016 and became its head.

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