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15/11/2018 11:09 AM IST | Updated 15/11/2018 11:09 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh Election: Two Vyapam Accused To Contest From BSP, Congress Ticket

Dr Jagdish Sagar, an accused in the scam, is contesting on a BSP ticket from Gohad Assembly segment

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Two of the accused in the Vyapam scam are reportedly in fray for the assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, which is scheduled for 28 November.

Dr Jagdish Sagar, an accused in the scam, is contesting on a BSP ticket from Gohad Assembly segment in Bhind district, according to The Times of India.

The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, popularly known by the acronym Vyapam (Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal), was at the centre of a massive recruitment scandal.

Sagar's arrest, according to News18, in 2013 by Indore crime branch had blown the lid off the scam.

He is contesting against BJP minister Lal Singh Arya and ex-Congress MLA from the same seat Ranveer Jatav, according to a report in The New Indian Express.

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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) submitted a detailed complaint to the Election Commission of India on Tuesday (ECI) and alleged that the BSP candidate (Jagdish Sagar) from Gohad was violating the model code of conduct by using 70-80 vehicles, the report added.

The party later said that the ECI team has assured of action in the matter.

In his affidavit before the election commission, he has mentioned "Chal-Kapat" (cheating) in the column pertaining to criminal cases and also listed the cases against him, reported Hindustan Times.

Another accused also gets ticket

Apart from Sagar, Phundelal Singh Marko, another accused in the scam, has also been given a ticket by Congress from Pushprajgarh constituency. According to The Times of India, he is the sitting Congress MLA but eyebrows were raised at his renomination.

This is because the Congress has repeatedly targetted the BJP over its alleged involvement in the scam. The party has even promised to disband the Vyapam and refund the examination fees of the lakhs of youth who had appeared for the recruitment tests conducted by the board, according to PTI.

The Times of India report also quotes Congress state vice-president for media, Bhupendra Gupta, as saying, "As far as we know, Marko was made an accused by STF (Special Task Force) but he is not an accused on the CBI list."