Former health minister Eatala Rajender, who joined BJP in Delhi on Monday, dared the TRS government to order a probe by the CBI or a sitting judge into allegations of land grabbing by him and members of his family.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Eatala said he will make every effort to strengthen the BJP in Telangana. He said many leaders and workers, who took part in the separate statehood moment, will join the BJP soon. “Our agenda is to end the autocratic rule in the state,” he said. “This is the beginning of a journey towards a big change in state politics,” he said.
The former minister said Karimnagar has been at the core of any change Telangana has seen. “One or two ministers in KCR’s cabinet have told me that the change will begin from Karimnagar this time as well,” he said.
Welcoming him into the party, Pradhan said the BJP would form the government in Telangana after the next assembly elections. Rajender was a senior leader of the TRS and has held top portfolios such as finance and health in the K Chandrashekar Rao-led successive TRS governments in the state.
Eatala Rajender had on June 4 resigned from TRS citing differences with the party. He was removed from his post as state Health Minister over the allegations of land grabbing last month.
Tarun Chugh, In-charge of Telangana BJP and BJP National General Secretary on Friday said there is a fight going on in Telangana state against the corrupt, nepotistic politics.
“To join into the fight against the corrupt dictatorial and nepotistic politics of Telangana, the former Finance Minister and Former Health Minister of Telangana state Eatala Rajender has stepped forward to resign from his MLA position.”
Along with Rajender, former Telangana Rashtra Samithi parliament member Ramesh Rathod, former TRS lawmaker Enugu Ravinder Reddy, former Karimnagar Zilla Parishad chairperson Thula Uma, trade union leader P Ashwathama Reddy and a few Osmania University student leaders joined the BJP.
Rajender, a prominent OBC leader representing the Huzurabad assembly constituency in northern Telangana, resigned from the TRS on June 4 and from the assembly membership on Saturday. His resignation from the assembly was accepted, and the vacancy for the Huzurabad seat was notified immediately.