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Chhattisgarh: Vyapam Scam Accused Former BJP Minister Laxmikant Sharma Attends Raman Singh’s Vikas Yatra

The former BJP minister had resigned from the party’s primary membership after being accused in the scam.

Chhattisgarh: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Laxmikant Sharma, accused in the Vyapam scam attended Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s Vikas Yatra on Sunday, Dainik Bhaskar reported.

Sharma was seen campaigning in Sironj-Lattery in a roadshow, which was kicked off to highlight the achievements of the Singh government in the state in the past 15 years.

After being accused in the medical examination recruitment scam, this was the first time when Sharma was seen with other BJP functionaries. In 2014 June, the Special Task Force Bhopal arrested Sharma for allegedly being involved in the MPPEB Scam. He was granted bail in 2015 after he spent 19 months in prison.

The former BJP minister had resigned from the party’s primary membership after being accused in the scam. “The party is my mother,” Dainik Bhaskar quoted him as saying on Sunday.

“Whenever they need me, I will always be ready. We have to make the BJP win in the state again,” he added.

When Sharma’s convoy reached the main market, several Congress members raised slogans against him.

The former minister was jailed in connection with the Vyapam scam, a massive admission and recruitment racket that witnessed dozens of mysterious deaths of accused, witnesses and others ever since probe into the alleged scandal was unearthed in 2013.

On February 8, the former Minister of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, Sharma, his OSD and 85 others were charged by the CBI for alleged cheating and corruption in the recruitment of Grade-II contractual teachers through Vyapam in 2012, according to PTI.

On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah also campaigned for Raman Singh in a two-and-a-half kilometre roadshow through Ambikapur city and address a rally.

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