Bhopal, October 9: Dr Anand Rai and Ashish Chaturvedi, known to expose crucial aspects of Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, will contest the state assembly elections on the ticket of the Jai Adivasi Yuva Sangathan (JAYS). JAYS founder president Dr Hira Alawa confirmed to Hindustan Times that Rai and Chaturvedi would be contesting elections from their cities Indore and Gwalior respectively. The JAYS will approach the Election Commission for a symbol. Rai is a medical officer with a government hospital, and Chaturvedi is a social activist. The organisation is in touch with them.
The scam is related to the corruption in exams held by the by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for admission in professional courses and services. The board is also known as Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam. According to a report of the media house, Rai is considered to be close to many Congress leaders. Vyapam Scam in Uttar Pradesh: 600 Fake Doctors Busted by Special Task Force in Connection With The Cheating Racket
Rai expressed disappointment over the Congress for not taking action against people who were named in the scam, so he chose to contest on JAYS ticket. Meanwhile, Chaturvedi, told Hindustan Times that to fight Vyapam scam accused, it is necessary to have political power. However, the Congress refuted the charges that the party leaders are still in touch with the Vyapam scam accused.
Last Month, acting on the orders of a local court, police lodged an FIR against Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kamal Nath and another Vyapam scam whistleblower Prashant Pandey. Additional Superintendent of Police Shashank Garg told IANS on September 28, that a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged late on the previous day against the four for allegedly submitting forged documents, misleading and manipulating the courts under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with the Vyapam case.