Bhopal: Vyapam scam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai on Thursday alleged that the Congress party didn’t give him a ticket to contest from Indore-5 seat in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 despite party President Rahul Gandhi‘s assurance. Rai was planning to contest from Indore-5 constituency in Madhya Pradesh. The party has instead fielded Satyanarayan Patel from the seat.

“I have not been given a ticket to fight elections even though Rahul Gandhi had assured me of it. It was only because of me that the Congress’s Sanjeev Saxena (Vyapam accused) was not given a ticket,” Rai alleged. Rai is credited for exposing the Vyapam Scam. He also claims to have filed close to 10,000 RTIs.

Meanwhile, Saxena, who has decided to contest the polls as an independent candidate, told media, “I am innocent and the truth will come out. For now, I will work towards strengthening the Congress. For once, I felt that I have been betrayed but now I feel that I should walk behind those with bigger issues.”

Making a statement after meeting Congress’ Digvijaya Singh, he said, “I’ll work towards strengthening Congress. For a short while, I felt that I had been betrayed but now I feel I should walk behind those with bigger issues.” The Congress party on Thursday released its final list of candidates contesting in the assembly polls.

In its fourth list released on Wednesday, the Congress had named 29 candidates including the brother-in-law of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sanjay Singh Masani. The first list was released on November 3, which contained the name of 155 candidates, including 21 women, 21 Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates and 34 Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.