Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief Ajit Jogi said he is confident of becoming the next chief minister of the state and was equally determined that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati is most suitable for becoming the prime minister.

Emphasising his role in the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018, Jogi said, “We have made an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left. It has decided that I will be chief minister.” He went on to add, “I have always believed that a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition will have a majority in 2019. It will be decided then (who will be PM) but I personally believe Mayawati deserves it as the first Dalit, a woman, as a politician from Uttar Pradesh and as a four-time chief minister.”

Ajit Jogi served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh in 2000 and has been an Indian Police service (IPS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He became a Rajya Sabha member in 1986. He quit Congress in 2016 after being in the party for around three decades. Weeks later, he formed his own party, the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party.

Elections for the 90-seat Chhattisgarh assembly will be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister and leader of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) Ajit Jogi won’t contest assembly elections. Jogi’s decision came following Friday’s meeting of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) leaders belonging to Bahujan Samaj Party, JCC and the CPI.

While Jogi said he endorsed the decision, his son Amit said, “Being a star campaigner, the alliance among Janta Congress Chhattisgarh, the BSP and the CPI would’ve made him visit 90 constituencies, making it difficult to concentrate on his own.”