“I have been part of RSS since 2006. Once I started taking BJP and RSS leaders name in expose related to VYAPAM they abandoned me,” says Ashish Chaturvedi who is among the first few to blow the lid off the massive scam in Madhya Pradesh’s multi-crore medical admission and recruitment scam. In a shocking revelation, Chaturvedi tells TEHELKA, “RSS official Khangendra Bhargav first tried to bargain on disclosures in 2012 and when I didn’t agree he stopped me from entering the Gwalior office as punitive action.” The incident is related to the year 2012-13. According to Chaturvedi, Bhargav went to the extent of saying“Tumahre shradha, nistha aur bhakti ka achar dalenge? ( What will we do with your faith and commitment?)”.
When he went ahead unrelenting—he was given a choice “Choose between RSS or VYAPAM”. Interestingly, he was later contacted by Kshetriya Pracharak for MP and Chattisgarh Arun Jain and was assured that RSS as an organisation stands with his cause. However, things changed when the whistle-blower started attacking Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.”When the state-wide VYAPAM scam came to the fore in 2013, and I started taking CM Chauhan’s name, pressure started mounting. He asked me not bring dirt on our own people,” Chaturvedi says. He wonders how a nationalist organisation can give patronage to corruption.
Soon VYAPAM made it to the headlines of national media and when the whistleblowers were depicted as sole heroes of the expose, RSS softened its stance. Chaturvedi was felicitated in Delhi by “India Policy Foundation” headed by Rakesh Sinha, an organisation that has close links with the RSS. What came as a shocker is that Chaturvedi was barred from participating in “Hindi Divas 2015” in Bhopal which was attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
Chaturvedi is not the only whistleblower associated to RSS who has felt the brunt. Dr Anand Rai, another principle whistle-blower in the scam, claimed in July this year that he too was abandoned by RSS after he exposed Vyapam. While Rai was the vice-president of the Indore chapter of Arogya Bharti which is the medical wing of the RSS, Chaturvedi was Vistarak of the organisation in 2006.
Chaturvedi was summoned by Virendra Jain, the Additional Superintendent of Police, in November to record his statement regarding his links with Sangh Parivar. However, taking Jain by surprise the young dissenter asked him to hand over the inquiry to CBI as it is currently handling all the investigations of the medical and recruitment scam. “How can one even investigate my relation with RSS? If that is a crime, then declare RSS as terrorist or unlawful organisation first!” Chaturvedi tells TEHELKA. Since then the inquiry has hit cold waters.