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HYDERABAD: Ending his nearly two decades association with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), former minister Eatala Rajender on Friday resigned as party member and MLA on Friday. The former minister was removed from the cabinet on May 2 following allegations of assigned land grabbing by his family members owned firm in the outskirts of Hyderabad.
He is expected to join the BJP soon.
Announcing his resignation at a press conference, the former minister attacked chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He said he never crossed the party’s ‘Lakshman Rekha’ and opposed party welfare schemes, but he was against some issues like extending the Rythu Bandhu scheme to big landlords, holding hundreds of acres.
“Before taking any action on the allegations (land grabbing), the CM, without asking for any clarification, removed me from the cabinet. Even a person convicted to death is asked what is his last wish before hanging. But the CM did not ask for my clarification before removing me from the cabinet,” he said.
The MLA from Huzurabad assembly constituency said the gap between him and the party leadership was not new and it was there for last five years. “As a minister, I faced humiliation. Even another minister Harish Rao too faced a similar situation. According to him, all the ministers and MLAs are his slaves. But a ministerial post is not greater than self-respect,” the ex-minister said.
He said the review meetings by CM were held without ministers of respective portfolios. “The review meeting of the finance department was held without the finance minister and health department review meeting without the minister concerned,” Rajender said.
He said the party may have managed to win some elections and by-elections with money and muscle power, but it was not permanent.
“KCR claims he is a ‘dictator’, but in the democratic country, there is no place for a dictator,” he said. Rajender said opposition MLAs cannot meet the ruling party elected…

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