Rashmi Rekha Das

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister P Rajan Dora himself visited Neradibalsa and Tadibalsa areas under Kotia panchayat instead of sending officials to oversee different developmental projects of the government.

The Deputy Chief Minister was seen discussing several issues with Kotia residents who resented the Odisha government’s inaction against such steps of AP government. Though Odisha government has set up a police station and administrative offices at Kotia, the government seems to have done nothing against AP government’s move. 

Patangi MLA Pitam Padhi, meanwhile, expressed displeasure over the AP government’s move, saying, “We have not kept mum. We are doing our duty to make Kotia a part of Odisha . When the Deputy Chief Minister was an MLA he used to visit Kotia.  But after being Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh he should not breach protocol. Visiting Kotia secretly and luring people towards AP government is shameful. He should inform Odisha government whenever he visits Kotia.” 

Earlier, residents of Kotia snubbed the Deputy Chief Minister during his visit to the area. It was learnt that Andhra supported independent candidate Tikai Gemel had won the Zilla Parishad election from the seat. A team from the neighbouring state led by Deputy Chief Minister P Rajan Dora had visited the area to celebrate the victory of Gemel. 

They thought that the newly elected Zilla Parishad member and his supporters will extend their support to the Andhra team. However, the villagers opposed the team from the neighbouring state vehemently by saying that Andhra is only concerned in fulfilling their own desires by giving false assurances to the people in the area.