Who is Etela Rajender?
Etela Rajender is an Indian politician who served as the Health Minister of Telangana State from 2019 to 2021. He previously served as the Finance Minister of Telangana from 2014–2018. He represents the Huzurabad constituency in the Telangana Legislative Assembly from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party. Etela Rajender was born on 20 March 1964.
Rajender has been a key leader in the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) since its inception and has been a minister since the formation of the separate Telangana state. He served as a Minister for Finance in the last cabinet (2014-2018) of KCR and is the Medical and health minister in the present government.
In 2004, he won his first MLA from the Kamalapur constituency in the Karimnagar district and served as a floor leader of the party in the legislative assembly. He has won the Huzurabad constituency since 2009. He was close to KCR from the beginning and got the key finance ministry after the formation of Telangana in 2014 and the formation of the TRS government.
Etela Rajender Joins BJP
Days after resigning from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), former Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP on Monday in the presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and G Kishan Reddy.
Rajender — sacked and dropped from the Cabinet on May 1 over allegations of land grabbing in Medak district — had said that he was unfairly targeted by the party.
“Based on an anonymous letter, an inquiry was started and I was removed as a minister within a few hours. Even before the inquiry was over, I was dropped from the Cabinet. There were baseless allegations. Without even informing me or giving me a chance to explain and debunk the allegations, I was removed,’’ he had said.
Etela Rajender Latest News
Telangana CM KCR Takes Away Health Minister’s Portfolio Over Land Grabbing Allegations. Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has taken away the portfolio of the state’s Health Minister over allegations of land grabbing against the latter. The chief minister has also asked the vigilance department to investigate the allegations against the cabinet minister for health, Etela Rajender.
Etela Rajender Biography
Etela was there with party supreme K Chandrashekhar Rao from the inception of the party in 2001. He was one of the founding members of the party.
He was elected from Kamalapur in the 2004 General Elections. He is the TRS floor leader in the state assembly. Etela is the Health Minister of Govt. of Telangana State. He is a four-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Etela Rajender and KCR Relation
It was rumoured at the time that the distance between the two leaders had increased after a while, and Rajender was not confident of TRS retaining power in the 2018 elections. And after the 2018 landslide victory, Mahmoud Ali was the only one sworn as a cabinet minister with the CM. Later, even during the cabinet expansion, there was a rumour in party circles that the berth of Rajender was swayed till the end and he was taken into the cabinet at the last minute and handed over the Ministry of Health.
However, there is an opinion that the differences gradually increased between KCR and Rajender. It is reported that over the past few months, several ministers and leaders have complained to the CM that the remarks made by Rajender on various occasions and meetings revealing his dissatisfaction are against the government.
His remarks in Huzurabad during the assembly sessions caused a stir and the party working President KT Rama Rao took him to Pragati Bhavan on the instructions of the CM and asked about the remarks. Rajender is reported to have said that he did not say anything against the government. However, the party chief said that the situation has not changed after that and the government was looking into the allegations made by him in the last few years.
In the recent MLC election, Rajender was not given any responsibility. When Rajender organised the membership drive of the party in his constituency Huzurabad, all other district ministers and leaders had instead gathered in Karimnagar for a drive.
Etela Rajender Political Timeline
2021 Etela Rajender Joins BJP.
2018 Eatala Rajender is contesting again from Huzurabad. This time Congress is fielding N. Uttam Kumar Reddy against him.
2014 He successfully contested against INC leader Kethiri Sudarshan Reddy from Huzurabad and won with the margin of 57037 votes.
2009 In 2009, he contested from Huzurabad and registered a win against Congress leader V. Krishna Mohan Rao.
2004 He was elected to Andhra Pradesh assembly from Kamalapur seat. He defeated TDP Leader Muddasani Damodar Reddy.
2001 Etala Rajender played an important role in the formation of Telangana Rashtra Samiti. He was one of the founder members.