Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016

Vyapam whistleblower Anand Rai quits govt job to float new political party

Bhopal: Anand Rai, a key whistleblower in the Vyapam scam, is likely to float a new political party as he has quit his government job to launch his political party Madhya Pradesh Swabhiman Party, which would be a force to reckon with in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls in 2018.

Vyapam whistleblower Anand Rai will contest the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in 2018.

Vyapam whistleblower Anand Rai will contest the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in 2018.

Rai came up with the disclosure, “For exposing various irregularities and scams in the Madhya Pradesh government, I was harassed continuously and transferred repeatedly.

“So, I decided it was time to jump into the political ring and start cleaning the system from within, Many activists and two to three young IAS officers will also join my party,” he said.

“There’s a need for a political outfit to dislodge the BJP,” the 39-year-old ophthalmologist was quoted as saying by Kolkata daily The Telegraph.

Rai also says his party will aim to weed out corruption from the state as well as fight for farmers and Dalits

Though Rai did not rule out an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party and a tacit understanding with the Congress as well.

Rai who tipped off the police in 2013 and helped bringing the Vyapam scam to fore had to bear the brunt in the years that followed.

Last September, Rai had revealed to the High Court that he had used a a high-tech “Israeli-made watch” for recording conversations.

During the conversation chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan allegedly came up with offer of transferring him and wife Gauri back to Indore, but for a price. The only condition was that he would stop implicating Chouhan and his family in the scam.

TST

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