Karimnagar: Health minister Etala Rajender on Thursday sounded the bugle of public defiance, if not outright rebellion, in response to media reports that he would be dropped from the Cabinet.
Mr Rajender, who was addressing a gathering of party leaders of the Huzurabad constituency, said, “I have never begged anyone to give me a minister’s post on the BC quota. I am going to quit politics if anyone can prove that I had taken even Rs 5 bribe from in my 15 years of political career,” he said.
This newspaper had reported that Mr Rajender had come under suspicion of leaking details of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s meeting with collectors, which was held a few days previously to discuss the new Revenue Act to be enacted in the state. As the leak came to the CM’s notice, he had made up his mind to drop Mr Rajender.
As reported, Mr Rajendar came under suspicion of leaking details of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s meeting with collectors, which was held a few days ago to discuss the new revenue act to be enacted in the state.
Mr Rajendar said that he had “not joined the pink party during the middle of the agitation, like other leaders, for the sake of power”.
He said he was in the struggle, along with lakhs of others, right from the beginning....