Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has been admitted to a hospital in Raipur after he suffered a cardiac arrest at his home this afternoon. His condition is said to be "serious" and is on ventilator support.
Mr Jogi, 74, was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed in his home garden at 12:30 pm.
According to the medical bulletin, the 74-year-old leader was having a regular day from morning, but apparently choked on a tamarind seed before the cardiac arrest.
His wife, Renu Jogi, an MLA, and son Amit are with him in the hospital.
A bureaucrat-turned politician, Ajit Jogi had served as the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003 in then Congress government, after the state came into existence.
He left the Congress in 2016 after he and his son got embroiled in a controversy over a by-election.
Later, he quit the Congress and formed Janata Congress Chhattisgarh.
With inputs from PTI