Hyderabad, June 6: The exit of former minister Eatala Rajender from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) marked the tip of a chilly battle between him and Chief Minister Okay. Chandrasekhar Rao and sparked a debate on the affect the previous would have on the ruling social gathering along with his becoming a member of the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).
A month after being dropped from the state Cupboard following allegations of land encroachment, Rajender on Friday introduced his choice to stop the social gathering and in addition resign as a member of the Legislative Meeting.
Although Rajender’s announcement to finish his practically two-decade-long affiliation with the TRS and choice to affix the saffron camp might not have any instant affect on the ruling social gathering, the event might encourage others sad with the management of Chandrasekhar Rao aka KCR to boost their voice.
The event got here at a time when Telangana entered the eighth 12 months of its formation below KCR, whose management up to now stays unchallenged.
“Exit of Eatala Rajender reiterated the truth that TRS is synonymous to KCR, and he’s the only real proprietor of the social gathering. The claims of a number of house owners to the pink brigade will be put to relaxation. This growth will re-establish supremacy of KCR, and that is a solution to all future dissidents within the social gathering,” mentioned political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.
Whereas KCR and his social gathering will defend the motion towards Rajender by citing his alleged acts of omission and fee, the bitter allegations by the previous minister are prone to embarrass the TRS management and supply ammunition to the in any other case weakened opposition.
KCR, who revived the Telangana motion in 2001 by floating the TRS, continues to have a vice-like grip over each the social gathering and the federal government.
In truth, the motion towards Rajender, who has been his confidante for the reason that formation of the social gathering, is believed to be a effectively calculated transfer to nip within the bud any doable rebel or problem to his authority.
Whereas there had been reviews of a fissure between KCR and Rajender for greater than three years, the TRS chief took everybody unexpectedly by ordering a probe towards him after a gaggle of farmers from Medak district complained that Rajender grabbed their lands for a poultry unit owned by his household.
The motion got here when the state was within the grip of a Covid surge and Rajender because the well being minister was busy holding conferences with officers to evaluation the pandemic state of affairs. The chief minister himself was recovering from Covid at his farmhouse.
Because the officers went on file that 66 acres of land was encroached, KCR stripped Rajender of his well being portfolio on Might 1 and the subsequent day dropped him from the cupboard.
Rajender, a member of the Meeting from Huzurabad constituency in Karimnagar district, hit again at KCR and alleged that there’s a conspiracy to defame him.
The previous minister confronted one other probe as KCR shaped a committee comprising 4 IAS officers to analyze encroachments and unlawful transactions of Sri Sita Rama Swamy temple land at Devarayamjal village in Shamirpet close to Hyderabad. Rajender and his supporters had allegedly encroached 1,521 acres within the village.
Eatala, one of many founding members of the TRS and a six-time MLA, had entered KCR’s unhealthy books a few years in the past when he took potshots at him on just a few events.
“The minister’s put up shouldn’t be anyone’s pittance. We’re the house owners of TRS who’ve carried the social gathering flag,” Rajender had mentioned at one social gathering assembly.
On one other event, he remarked that he reached his place not due to his caste however by his sheer arduous work.
“I’m not right here as a result of I’m any individual’s son,” Eatala had remarked in what was believed to be an assault on KCR’s son and minister Okay.T. Rama Rao.
Rajender mentioned he stop the TRS as a result of he didn’t wish to proceed as a slave. Alleging there isn’t a freedom for ministers and MLAs to operate, he mentioned they’re handled like slaves.
“Previously I resigned a number of occasions from the Meeting for the sake of self-respect of Telangana. I’m resigning once more however this time for my self-respect as I am unable to proceed as a slave,” he mentioned.
Curiously, Rajender additionally claimed that Finance Minister T. Harish Rao too confronted humiliation.
Harish Rao is KCR’s nephew and there have been reviews of a chasm between the 2 ever for the reason that TRS began projecting his son Rama Rao as his political successor.
“The TRS was born from the motion and isn’t run like a household social gathering like Lalu Prasad’s or Mayawati’s events. Telangana state was achieved with sacrifices of 1000’s of individuals and never with a handful of individuals,” Rajender mentioned whereas concentrating on KCR for selling his son and daughter.
Political analysts say by elevating the problem of self-respect and KCR selling his household, Rajender could also be encouraging different TRS leaders sad with the management to talk out.
The counterattack by TRS on Rajender has been on anticipated strains.
“He’s speaking of self-respect after being dropped from the cupboard following allegations of land encroachment. How can he purchase assigned land of the poor which is against the law. He has extra respect for his properties than the regulation of the land,” mentioned TRS legislator P. Rajeshwar Reddy.
Now that Rajender has determined to stop his Meeting seat and sail with the BJP, all eyes might be on Rajender’s stronghold Huzurabad.
“By becoming a member of BJP, Eatala indicated that he wants a secure haven and assist of the social gathering in energy in New Delhi. He didn’t present the would possibly to begin a celebration of his personal or struggle as an Unbiased to win the seat he at the moment represents,” mentioned political analyst Raghavendra Reddy.
The by-election in Huzurabad would be the fourth within the state in three years and can present the BJP one other probability to show itself as a substitute for the TRS.
After wresting the Dubbak Meeting seat from the TRS and posting a formidable efficiency within the elections to Higher Hyderabad Municipal Company (GHMC) late final 12 months, the BJP suffered humiliation in current elections to 2 graduates’ constituencies of the Legislative Council and by-election to Nagarjuna Sagar Meeting seat.
Analysts say the BJP might acquire within the narrative by projecting itself as the actual various to the TRS. With Eatala becoming a member of its ranks, the BJP might be hoping to garner extra votes.
The TRS, which seems to have bounced again after the shock defeat in Dubbak, is prone to go the entire hog in Huzurabad to verify each the BJP and Rajender. (IANS/2 days in the past) https://www.newkerala.com/andhra-pradesh-news.php