MP: Vyapam whistleblower to start new party
A government doctor, who emerged as a key whistleblower in Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam test-rigging scam, announced on Sunday that he will float a political party and contest the 2018 elections in the state.india Updated: Mar 21, 2016 15:07 IST
A government doctor, who emerged as a key whistleblower in Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam test-rigging scam, announced on Sunday that he will float a political party and contest the 2018 elections in the state.
Dr Anand Rai, who quit BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh’s health department this month, told Hindustan Times in an interview that his party will aim to weed out corruption from the state as well as fight for farmers and Dalits.
The 39-year -old ophthalmologist approached the courts three years ago over the scandal that saw multiple rackets help candidates rig examinations for money by employing imposters to write test papers, manipulating seating arrangements and supplying forged answer sheets.
Rai, who came into the spotlight in 2010 for exposing unethical drug trials at medical colleges and hospitals in the state, said he has been fighting corruption since his student days.
“For exposing various irregularities and scams in the government, I was harassed continuously. So, I decided it was time to jump into the political ring and start cleaning the system from within,” he said. “Many activists and two to three young IAS officers will also join my party.”
The former RSS worker maintained he is close to both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, but did not say anything on pre-poll alliances.
Rai tweeted on Sunday, “If #VyapamScam accused &out on bail ex-minister Laxmikant Sharma rejoins BJP, I will contest against him in 2018 assembly elections.”
The CBI took over the Vyapam investigation in July 2015 after more than 40 accused, beneficiaries, whistle-blowers and witnesses died mysteriously, with many accusing there was a systematic attempt to scuttle the inquiry that has singed top bureaucrats and politicians.
“Both of us (Sharma and he) come from an RSS background. If he rejoins BJP or contests elections again, I will contest against him,” Rai said. “I want to see who the RSS supports: Me, who fought corruption, or Laxmikant, who is accused of corruption.”