Etala Rajender Quits As TRS MLA, All Set to Join BJP

Etala Rajender Quits As TRS MLA, All Set to Join BJP Supporters at Huzurabad and Kamalapur with Etala Rajender on June 8, 2021. (Source: Etala Rajender/Twitter)

New Delhi: Former health minister and TRS Huzurabar MLA Eatala Rajender tendered his resignation today amid rumors that he will join Bharatiya Janata Party soon. Former Telangana health minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Eatala Rajender has maintained that he was targeted by the TRS leadership which forced him to end his 19-year-old relationship with the party.

Etala visited Martyrs’ Statue at Gunpark to pay respects and later reached the Assembly where he tendered his resignation to the Speaker at his office.

Many believe that the stage is set for Eatala to join BJP. He will be leaving Hyderabad on June 14 for Delhi and will likely announce his decision to join BJP.

Along with Eatala, suspended Congress leader and former Congress Adilabad MP Ramesh Rathore, Ellareddy, former MLA Enugu Ravinder Reddy, Karimnagar ex-ZP chairperson Tula Uma and others are all set to join BJP.

They will meet BJP President JP Nadda and formally announce their party change on June 14, India Ahead News sources say.

The problems with TRS began after Eatala raised concerns about the way the K Chandrashekhar Rao government has been functioning. In the past one year, Etala has made several statements which unsettled party members.

His comment that the ‘TRS party flag belongs to the people who fought on ground for the separate state and not one person or a few people’ had led to a massive uproar.

He raised the issue of “nothing is being done to uplift the BC community” and schemes like “Kalyanalakshmi” are not helping s recently as May 2021. Keeping up his strident stance, Eatala also added that his ministry was not a “biksha” (charity) and backward castes deserve more.

Eatala, considered a grass-root level leader and a Telangana movement fighter, was once close to the Chief Minister. The duo was together since the formative stages of TRS in 2001.

Coming from a very strong backward caste Mudhiraj, Eatala took a stand on the “real owners” of the party after speculations that KTR would take over as Telangana CM.

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