Kotia: Andhra Holds Panchayat Elections Despite Koraput Collector’s Urge To Vizianagaram Counterpart

Koraput: Andhra Pradesh went ahead with the conduct of the Gram Panchayat election in Kotia despite a  letter from Koraput district Collector to his Vizianagaram counterpart.

Elections are currently underway today in the disputed area of Kotia.

Earlier on Friday, Koraput district Collector Abdaal Akhtar had written a letter to his Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) Collector M Hari Jawaharlal requesting the latter not to conduct the Gram Panchayat elections in Kotia.

Akhtar had requested Jawaharlal to desist from going ahead with any plan to allegedly conduct the election.

Notably, the border dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh emerged as the latter included Talaganjeipadar, Phatuseneri and Phagunaseneri villages under its Salur block and announced panchayat polls in the three villages.

The Odisha Government then moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh, mentioning in its petition that the apex court in 1968 had ordered to maintain status quo in the disputed area of Kotia.

The Supreme Court today asked the Andhra Pradesh government to respond to the plea by the Odisha government.