In a a damage control move,Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Wednesday night suspended senior leader and former union minister A Narendra from the party for his alleged involvement in the human trafficking case.
Significantly, the suspension of Narendra, who is TRS MP from Medak, was announced by party official spokesman Madhusudhana Chary in a statement. Chary claimed that the party resorted to the drastic action against Narendra, who is considered as Number Two in the party after party president K Chandrasekhar Rao, for allegedly possessing the passports of TRS MPs Madhusudhan Reddy and D Ravindra Naik and utilizing them for human trafficking.
The TRS spokesman also claimed that the police had confirmed Narendra’s alleged role and the party decided to suspend him from the party to protect its image. He said that the party has issued a show cause notice asking him why he should not be suspended from the party on the grounds that he was involved in fake passport case.
Narendra, who was in BJP from the beginning of his political career, had floated Telangana Sadhana Samithi after he quit the BJP owing to differences with the state leaders. In 2002, he had merged the TSS with Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which was launched by K Chandrasekhar Rao for spearheading the movement for separate Telangana state in April 2001.
Narendra was elected to Lok Sabha from Medak on TRS ticket in the 2004 elections. He joined the Manmohan Singh Cabinet alongwith Chandrasekhar Rao. He was minister of state for rural development during 2004-2006. He quit the Union Cabinet along with Rao in protest against alleged inaction of the UPA to form separate Telangana state.
There were simmering differences between the two top leaders of TRS for quite some time, the latest incident being the cross-voting by some TRS MLAs in the Legislative Council elections.Rao wanted to sack Narendra from the party for his alleged anti-party activities resulting in the defeat of one of the two TRS candidates in the council polls.