Ajit Jogi, the former Chhattisgarh chief minister, was admitted to the Naraina hospital in Raipur after he collapsed at his home on Saturday. Doctors who were called to the spot managed to resuscitate him and he was moved to the hospital. He is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
The 74-year-old leader is on ventilator support and his condition is believed to be serious. He is accompanied by his wife Renu at the hospital. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to his son Amit Jogi and promised him all help.
Jogi began as a bureaucrat but soon jumped ship with politics. He served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003 after the formation of the state. At that time he was with the Congress He then parted ways with the Congress in 2016 over a controversy over alleged fixing of by-elections. Jogi and his son Amit’s name cropped up in the matter. Later, he quit the Congress and formed Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J).