Hyderabad: In a clear indication of which way he was headed, former Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and state health minister Eatala Rajender was visited by a volley of leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at his residence on Friday. The in-charge for BJP in Telangana, Tarun Chugh, was also among the notable faces who was present there.
“BJP delegation led by Tarun Chugh visited my residence for a luncheon meeting,” wrote Eatala Rajender on Twitter after the meeting. Similarly, former BJP Telangana president Dr. K Laxman and BJP executive committee member N. Ramchander Rao also posted similar tweets, which Eatala retweeted. Over the last week, it was almost certain that the former TRS leader had decided to join the saffron party, but it was not officially announced.
However, Friday’s meeting more or less confirmed it. Eatala Rajender, who was the state health minister just few weeks ago, met the BJP’s top leadership in Delhi some days ago, and was slated to officially join the party soon. A senior BJP leader, who did not want to be quoted, said that Eatala will decide the date himself, and then join the saffron party.