Bhubaneswar, Feb 13: The BJP on Saturday alleged that the State Government has completely failed to protect border areas of undivided Koratput and Ganjam districts and asked to hold discussions with all political parties and social organisations to resolve the border issues.
“People have given responsibility to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for protection their lives and properties. But the Andhra Pradesh Government is trespassing and holding Panchayat elections in border areas of Odisha. The Odisha Government moved Supreme Court only after the news of GP elections by Andhra Pradesh came in the media. The intelligence department has completely failed,” said BJP State president Samir Mohanty here on Saturday.
A team led by Mohanty had visited Kotia area and taken stock of the situation there.
Mohanty wanted to know why the Odisha Government was silent till the situation worsened.
“While our party leader had earlier lodged a complaint before the concerned district Collector regarding the matter, the Collector said that now election was being held in border area. But now Andhra Pradesh is holding elections in Manikapatana village under Gangabada gram panchayat in Gajapati district. Why the Collector told a lie,” wanted to know Mohanty.
He alleged that no Government programme is being implemented in Patrapur block of Ganjam district and Raigarh block of Gajapati district.
He demanded that the Revenue Secretary clarify by evening as to which of Patrapur and Raigarh blocks Budhikhal village belongs. The Special Relief Commissioner also makes it public the list of beneficiaries in border areas of Gajapati district given Titili assistance.
He reminded that Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had in 2018 visited the Kotia area and announced to facilitate Central supports to people of the area. For this, he had requested the State Government to send a proposal to the Council of Union Ministers in this regard. However, the State Government didn’t make any effort, alleged Mohanty.
Stating that project boards have been written in both Odia and Telugu, Mohanty said it creates suspicion of Government funds being bungled in the name of Government projects.
He demanded that the Odisha Government convene an all-party meeting to resolve the issue at the earliest. He too wanted that the Government discuss the matter with social activists. He also wanted that the Government inform people as to what steps the State Government has taken to resolve border issues of four districts.
He informed that the BJP would soon constitute a border protection cell to examine safety of border areas.