No matter opposition from the Odisha authorities, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday carried out gram panchayat polls in disputed Kotia space of Koraput district, the area on which each the states have been staking their declare for many years.
Although District Justice of the Peace of Koraput Abdaal Akhtar wrote a letter to his Vizianagaram counterpart requesting to not conduct elections within the area because the matter is sub-judice within the Supreme Court docket, the Andhra authorities arrange polling cubicles at Potu Senari and voting was held beneath a thick safety cowl, official sources advised PTI.
“Our ballot was carried out peacefully and out of 1025 voters as many as 615, together with 306 females, exercised their franchise,” stated a polling official from Andhra Pradesh. The second part of polling for two,786 panchayats occurred in Andhra Pradesh in the course of the day.
Union Minister expresses concern
In the meantime, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday expressed concern over the matter and cautioned the state authorities that scenario might worsen if required pre-emptive measures weren’t taken to resolve the inter-state dispute.
Pradhan in an announcement stated that although the Odisha authorities has taken authorized recourse to resolve the border discord, it ought to be taken to a conclusive finish. “We might encounter worse conditions if well timed measures usually are not taken on the correct time,” he stated, including the AP holding panchayat polls within the border villages by together with individuals of Koraput, Ganjam and Gajapati, has definitely created bitterness between the 2 states.
Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, stated the state authorities ought to give utmost precedence to the border villages by implementing welfare schemes.
“It’s our accountability to guard the boundary of our state and make sure that our brothers and sisters residing within the border villages avail all the advantages of the welfare schemes of the state authorities,” Pradhan stated. He additionally urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to significantly take up the matter and do the needful on the earliest earlier than it’s too late.
Supreme Court docket points discover to AP govt
The Odisha authorities had approached the Supreme Court docket in opposition to Andhra Pradesh for holding panchayat polls in Kotia and the Apex Court docket had on Friday served discover to the Andhra authorities and posted the case for February 19.
Whereas the Kotia panchayat comes beneath Pottangi block of Koraput, the Andhra authorities has divided the 21 disputed villages into three panchayats specifically Ganjaibadra, Pattuchennuru and Paguluchinnru beneath Salur Mandal by altering the names of villages recognized in Odisha as Talaganjeipadar, Potu Senari and Phagun Senari. Whereas the sarpanches at Talaganjeipadar and Phagun Senari have been elected uncontested, the Andhra carried out election for Potu Senari the place two ladies candidates are within the fray for the publish of sarpanch.
Each the Odisha and Andhra authorities have been engaged in a five-decade-long tug of conflict over the possession of 21 out of the 28 villages within the Kotia panchayat and the case is with the apex court docket since 1968.
(With company inputs)