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Madhya Pradesh Polls: Doctors duo ready to make a big difference in election

Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, which are scheduled for November 28, 2018, is turning interesting day by day and a doctor duo is ready to play a big role in the contest. Currently, there are many new faces in state politics including social activist Ashish Chaturvedi, Arjun Arya and many more, but doctors like Hiralal Alawa and Anand Rai could be the key players in the upcoming polls, as both have emerged as a mass leader in the state, sources claimed.

Dr Hiralal Alawa 35-year-old, who was working in AIIMS New Delhi, decided to quit his job and joined politics earlier this year.  Alawa was an assistant professor in Rheumatology department and formally constituted Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYS) in 2018.

According to Alawa, the formation of JAYS started with a Facebook page in 2012 and later, it achieved fair popularity among tribal youngsters of Madhya Pradesh. Further, he organised a Facebook Panchayat of the followers of the page that witnessed a massive congregation.

JAYS is expected to field around 80 candidates in Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, where tribal voters are present in the considerable amount, including Malwa and Mahakaushal region. Till now, JAYS have gathered support from around 10 lakh people of the state and could play a spoilsport for major contenders BJP and Congress in tribals dominated areas of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Anand Rai, who was earlier associated with RSS has decided to contest the election under the banner of JAYS. Dr Anand Rai, who is a whistleblower in Vyapam case, has been very vocal on various issues pertaining to Madhya Pradesh. Dr Anand Rai, an ophthalmologist, once considered as Congress supporter but decided to distance himself from Congress stating that, “he chose to contest on JAYS ticket as he was upset that several Vyapam scam accused were not shown the door by Congress”.

Dr Rai is expected to play a crucial role in assembly polls, as the doctor turned politician is a known figure in state and also planning a tie-up between JAYS and Congress ahead of the election. He is considered as a close aide of senior Congress leaders, MP Vivek Tankha and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.

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