Ahead of Marwahi by-poll, the returning officer of Marwahi (ST) constituency on Saturday rejected the nomination papers of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) state chief and ex-Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi and his wife Richa Jogi following suspension of their caste certifctaes by the high-powered caste scrutiny committee and district level caste scrutiny committee constituted by the state government, the government order said.
The Congress candidate Dr Krishan Kumar Dhruw and three other candidates had taken objection on the nomination of JCC state president Amit Jogi following the suspension of his caste certificate by the high-powered caste scrutiny committee on October 16, the district returning officer said in the order.
The high-powered committee stated while suspending Amit Jogi’s ‘Kankwar’ caste certificate that “A person, in the absence of any statutory law, would inherit his caste from his father and not his mother even in a case of inter caste marriage.
So, the nomination paper of JCC state president Amit Jogi has rejected as the Marwahi (ST) seat is reserved for scheduled tribe candidate, the order added.
At the same time, the returning officer rejected the nomination of Richa Jogi for not having valid caste certificate till day of scrutiny following the suspension of Richa Jogi’s caste certificate. The returning said while rejecting her nomination that Richa’s nomination has rejected as the Marwahi seat is reserved for scheduled tribe candidate, the order further said.
Marwahi (ST) constituency will see a bye-election on November 3, which fell vacant following the demise of first chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi in May this year. The votes will be counted on November 10.
As many as 1,90,907 voters including 93,694 male, 97,209 female and four from the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise.