Congress party who released it final candidates list on Thursday night did not include the name of Vyapam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai, ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly polls. After being denied by party, Dr Rai stated that even after being assured to be given a ticket by Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, he was denied and stated that, “I was promised a ticket by Rahul Gandhi but did not get it. It was only because of me that the Congress’s Sanjeev Saxena (Vyapam accused) was not given a ticket”.
Vyapam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai was planning to contest from Indore (5) constituency, where Congress has fielded Satyanarayan Patel and BJP has picked senior leader Mahendra Hardia for the electoral battle.
Rai alleged that senior leaders like Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh opposed my candidature, “I am very vocal about the issues. They did not want a candidate like me,” Rai told media on Friday.
Following the final candidates’ list of Madhya Pradesh Congress, it is evident that senior state leaders Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Vivek Tankha and Digvijaya Singh will not be contesting in the forthcoming assembly elections, which are scheduled for November 28 along with Mizoram. Results will be declared on December 11.
Who is Anand Rai?
Dr Anand Rai is a qualified doctor and ophthalmologist, was working for Madhya Pradesh government as a medical officer at a hospital in Indore. Rai is famously known as ‘whistleblower’ of Vyapam scam, involving the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (Vyabsayik Pariksha Mandal or Vyapam). Dr Anand Rai was earlier associated with RSS, however, distanced himself from BJP. He decided to contest the election in 2018 assembly elections. Dr Rai has also claimed to have filed around 10,000 RTIs.