Etala Rajender continues padayatra braving incessant rains

K M Dayashankar

Says he was forced to resign legislator post

Demands Dalith Bandhu scheme in entire state

Farmers lost due to Rythu bandhu as there was no MSP to maize

KARIMNAGAR: Braving incessant rains and inclement weather conditions, former Minister and BJP leader Etala Rajender has continued his ‘Praja deevena’ padayatra on the fourth day covering Seethampet, Bujunuru,Vanthadpula in Illandakunta mandal and Nagaram and Vavilala villages of Jammikunta mandal on Thursday.

Earlier, he visited Bijigiri Sherief Dargah in Jammikunta mandal and offered special prayers. In spite of the continuous downpour, Mr Rajender continued his padayatra by drenching in the rain and greeting the people, who also arrived to wish him during the walkathon. The womenfolk applied ‘tilak’ and the menfolk welcomed the BJP leader to their village with drumbeats.

Speaking on the occasion in various villages, Mr Rajender said that “I did not resign to the legislator post. But, they (TRS high command) demanded me to do so. I did not leave the party, but they forced me to leave the party”. He alleged that the TRS government was launching several schemes including Dalit Bandhu, sheep distributions, ration cards and pensions only to lure the voters.

If the government was really committed to the upliftment of the Dalits, then it should implement the Dalit bandhu scheme in the entire Telangana state, he dared.  He also charged that the farmers had lost in the name of Rythu bandhu scheme. The government gave Rs 5,000 per acre and the government failed to procure the maize produce forcing the farmers to resort to distress sale and incur losses to the tune of Rs 15,000 per acre, he added.

He alleged that the Telangana traitors, who had opposed the formation of the Telangana state, were now occupying top posts and close to the party high command. Mr Rajender’s wife Jamuna, former legislator Bodige Shoba, former ZP chairperson Tula Uma and others were also present.


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