- Eatala Rajender’s portfolio transferred to the Chief Minister
- KCR ordered a probe into allegations of land grab in Medak district
- KCR’s move comes after a few farmers reportedly complained to him
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR as he is known, has taken away the portfolio of the state’s Health Minister after allegations of land grab emerged against the latter. Eatala Rajender’s portfolio of Medical, Health and Family Welfare has been transferred to the Chief Minister after the Governor approved Mr Rao’s request.
Ordering a probe into allegations of land grab in Medak district, Mr Rao instructed the Chief Secretary to get an investigation done by the district collector on the complaints of encroachments of land on the outskirts of Achampet in Masaipet Mandal in Medak, get a comprehensive report and submit it to him.
KCR’s move comes after a few farmers reportedly complained to him that Mr Rajender had grabbed nearly 100 acres of assigned land in the vicinity of his poultry farm, Jamuna Hatcheries. A few local TV channels too carried a report.
The Chief Minister also instructed senior police officer Purnachandra Rao to find out the facts. The vigilance team has begun the probe with digital surveys being conducted in the area.
Though Mr Rao has not mentioned Mr Rajender in his order for a probe, Eatala Rajender, before his portfolio was taken away, called it a “pre-planned conspiracy” to defame him. He demanded a probe by a sitting judge. His supporters held a protest by blocking a national highway.
Mr Rajender said he had informed the Chief Minister and his Principal Secretary, Narsing Rao, about his plans to expand his poultry farm. He said the land was not being used for farming and that farmers had voluntarily surrendered the land after he explained his purpose. The land has reportedly not yet been transferred in the name of the poultry farm.
There have been indications in the past that KCR and Mr Rajender have political differences though nothing was ever out in the open.
Eatala Rajender, an MLA from the Huzurabad assembly seat, is from the politically significant Mudiraj community.
Congress spokesperson Sravan Kumar Sadoju said Mr Rajender was being targeted as he belongs to the Backward Classes community.
BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said it has once again been proven that KCR heads a “corrupt” government.