Out on bail, Vyapam accused Laxmikant Sharma trying hard to regain lost political ground

Former Madhya Pradesh minister Laxmikant Sharma, one of the prime accused in MPPEB scam (Vyapam), who is out on bail is busy regaining his lost political ground in the state these days.
Itching to return to mainstream politics, Sharma recently wrote a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for ensuring compensation for a girl who was gangraped by three men in Lateri tehsil in his hometown Vidisha.
Sharma urged the CM to issue Rs 10 lakh compensation for the girl and order stringent action against the accused. Meanwhile, he also threatened to launch an agitation if the demands were not met. The former Higher and Technical Education minister, Sharma, is still however awaiting response to his letter.
Recently on his way back to Vidisha after a brief trip to Ujjain’s Simhastha fair, Sharma was clicked having lunch with another controversial BJP leader Sanjay Joshi. The pictures had gone viral on social media.
Seeing signs of his revival, BJP workers too have started forging alliance with the former minister both in Bhopal and in his hometown.
Before being arrested in Vyapam scam in June 2014, Sharma was a powerful minister in Shivraj cabinet and held key portfolios.
The former minister was accused in seven cases related to the job recruitment and admissions scam. He was earlier granted bail in six cases. His bail in the last case, however, was granted on December 20 last year.
Unfazed by his jail stint, the minister has maintained that his base has actually expanded after he was granted bail in the Vyapam case.
After his release last year amid rousing welcome from his supporters, Sharma had said that he has no complaints.
“I spent my days in jail like an ordinary prisoner and devoted time to religious things. I had full faith in judiciary,” Sharma said.