One of the very few undefeated and hugely popular leaders with a BC tag, Etela Rajender is a seasoned politician, who has seen ups and downs. As an uncanny political strategist and a mass leader, he knew that his time was up in the party. He had realized that it was only a matter of time before he is isolated and eliminated from the political 'game of thrones.'.
Sources say that Etela has already developed contacts with the BJP of late. If highly knowledgeable sources are to be believed, Etela had indirectly helped Bandi Sanjay in winning Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat. Though he ensured that the TRS gets sufficient edge in his own constituency, Etela used his connections to help Bandi in other constituencies. In fact, losing TRS candidate and now Planning Board chairperson Vinod had even taken the issue to the notice of KCR. But, KCR waited for the right moment to hit at Etela.
Since then, Etela knew that the axe would fall on him. Those close to him have also revealed that Etela was ready with a plan B. he was ready to strike back the moment he was sent out of the party. But, what he did not realize was that KCR would fix him in a land scam. This would now require that he clear his name in the case first before making the next move.