Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC-J) supremo Ajit Jogi will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Korba constituency.
An announcement to this regard was made by party’s state president and his son Amit Jogi in Korba on Wednesday. The former chief minister agreed to contest form the seat after being persuaded by party workers.
Amit while talking to media persons had declared that the JCC (J) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance had taken the decision to nominate JCC (J) supremo from Korba, refuting the speculation that his name was being considered for the seat. It was in the interest of the party as well as the alliance, he added.
Dr Banshilal Mahto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently representing the constituency in the Lok Sabha.
Chhattisgarh assembly Speaker Charandas Mahant of the Congress was elected as MP from the seat in 2009.
Assembly segment of Marwahi, represented by Jogi, falls under the Korba Lok Sabha constituency.
Apart from Marwahi, Korba constituency consists of Bharatpur-Sonhat, Manendragarh and Baikunthpur assembly constituencies of Koria district, Rampur, Korba, Katghora and Pali-Tanakhar assembly constituencies of Korba district. Among them Bharatpur-Sonhat, Rampur, Pali-Tanakhar and Marwahi constituencies are reserved for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.