Eppalapelli Rajender of Banda Akooswada in Huzurabad mandal of Karimnagar district was hopeful that his political career would take off. “I was encouraged by my friends to file my nomination but I have got a message that my nomination was rejected after scrutiny,” Eppalapell Rajender told TOI.
He is disappointed but not disheartened. An MBA, he has a food processing unit in Karimnagar and nurtured political ambitions when his cousins prodded him.
Did he enter the fray because of the name Rajender hoping to cash in on Eatala’s popularity? “The name is only incidental,” Eppalapelli Rajender, who mentioned his party as All India BC, OBC Party in his affidavit, said.
However, another ‘Rajendar’ was candid in admitting that he felt he could make use of his name in the political fray. “I’m basically a TRS supporter. I myself chose to file my nominations. There was no one’s involvement in making me contest,” said Esampally Rajendar of Kothapet village of Hanamkonda mandal.
Rajendar is engaged in agriculture and nurtured a political dream because of the immediate opportunity and filed his nomination as a candidate of New India Party. He said he had a bad experience when he went to file his nomination as the officials were unhelpful.
“They literally shooed us away refusing to even let us know if everything has been filed right in the nomination,” he said. Esampally Rajendar said he had got no information about whether his nomination had been rejected.
Another ‘Rajendar’ in fray is 40-year-old Emmadi Rajendar, also of Kothapet mandal in Hanamkonda, who filed his nomination as a candidate of the Republic Party of India.