Amid the long-pending border dispute over Kotia panchayat of Pottangi block in Odisha’s Koraput district, a heated exchange of words reportedly ensued between Pottangi MLA Pitam Padhi and Andhra Pradesh officials on Wednesday.
As per reports, Parbatipuram PA–ITDA today held a meeting at Phagunsineri to sabotage the upcoming panchayat elections in Odisha.
On getting information about the same, MLA Padhi rushed to the village and asked the Andhra Pradesh officials to leave. Soon, an altercation ensued between the MLA aand the officials.
Later, the officials reportedly left the place after the situation turned tense.
Recently, Koraput district collector Abdaal M Akhtar visited several villages of the panchayat and held discussions with the people about their issues on October 9.
As per reports, Akhtar visited Madkar, Doliambo, Phatuseneri, Phagunaseneri and British Road in the disputed Kotia panchayat and reviewed the progress of the ongoing developmental works in the region.
On the other hand, two days back on October 7, the officials of Salur Mandal in Andhra Pradesh had reportedly conducted a gram sabha at Ganjeipadar and tried to lure villagers by assuring them that the Andhra government will take up several development projects in the region.