After his outburst, Minister Eatala Rajendar claimed that his statements were “distorted” by certain news channels and social media.

Telangana Health Min says his minister post not a biksha retracts statement later
news Politics Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:54

After some regional newspapers had reported that Health Minister Eatala Rajendar could be dropped from the cabinet during the next cabinet reshuffle allegedly as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is furious with him for reportedly leaking out government plans, Rajendar reacted strongly to the allegations and said that his ministerial post was not a biksha (alms) given to him. He said that he was not a beggar, but was one of the founding members of the TRS, who fought for Telangana statehood. 

“I have helped a lot of people during my time in public office. The minister post is not a biksha given to me by someone,” he had said. 

Rajendar further challenged that he would quit politics if he was proven guilty of being involved in corruption. 

News reports had claimed that the Health Minister had revealed the crucial information of the Revenue Act, which is being drafted by the government, to the Revenue department employee association. In a bid to weed out corruption in the Revenue department, KCR is bringing out a new Act.  

Reacting to these reports at a party meeting in Huzurabad town, an emotional Rajendar rubbished the charges and said, “I didn’t seek the minister post under the BC quota as I belong to the Backward Class,”

He added, “I don’t think it is necessary for me to respond to such false and baseless allegations. I did not join the party in the middle. I had participated in the statehood movement along with lakhs of people. We achieved statehood through persistent struggle for the welfare of Telangana people. We are pink flag-bearers and not beggars,” The Hindu quoted him as saying. 

The minister further said that he did not take a bribe of even Rs 5,000 in the past five years. “If you can prove the allegations against me, I will quit politics immediately,” he said, according to The New Indian Express.

Hours later, fearing the wrath of CM and party president KCR, Rajendar retracted the statements and said that he was “a soldier of TRS and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao was his boss.” The Health Minister claimed that his statements were “distorted” by certain news channels and social media.

 

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