Ajit Jogi to Take Break from Politics - The New Indian Express

Ajit Jogi to Take Break from Politics

Published: 29th December 2013 09:25 AM

Last Updated: 29th December 2013 09:25 AM

The first ever Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi has decided to literally turn into a ‘Jogi’ (hermit) and is going to take a sabbatical from politics to focus on the academic and spiritual side of his life.

Jogi, who campaigned extensively in the recently held Assembly elections, has also decided not to dabble in Chhattisgarh politics for the next one year.

“For the last 35 years I have been working 16 hours a day and now I want to take a break, a sabbatical of sort, from active politics. I want to focus on the spiritual and the religious aspect of life. There is no political reason behind this decision. It would be a good opportunity for both Bhupesh Baghel (newly appointed state Congress president) and T S SinghDeo (the likely leader of Opposition) to have a free hand while managing the party’s affair in the state. The new leadership needs to be encouraged”, Jogi told Express.

A separate room and two halls, where Jogi will practise spiritualism, is being constructed at‘Anugrah’, his official residence in Raipur, which is situated at a distance of less than one km from the CM’s residence.

The residence was earlier rechristened ‘Anugrah’ in memory of his late daughter Anusha.

Jogi rejected suggestions that he was renouncing politics because of the loss faced by the Congress in the state elections.

Despite tits defeat in the Assembly polls, Jogi said the Congress was in a position to win at least four to five Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“It is my personal decision not to contest the Lok Sabha elections. The fact that I am not contesting should not be seen as a big issue. There are enough capable leaders in the state who have the ability to win. I expect us to do  well in Kanker, Surguja, Bilaspur and Durg”, he added.

The bureaucrat-turned-politician, who was a 1970 batch IAS officer and had worked as Collector of Raipur and Indore, also plans to write three books in the interim.

“The first will be a memoir, which will be based on my personal and professional experiences. The other two would be on the Naxal issue in the state and on administrative issues,” Jogi, Chairman of the AICC Scheduled Tribes who is the chairman of department of Schedule Tribe, said.

According to him, he has still not communicated his decision to take a sabbatical to the party president.

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