Bhubaneswar, Feb 14: Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday expressed concern regarding the panchayat elections of Andhra Pradesh Government that was held in territory of Odisha yesterday.
In a series of tweets in Odia, Pradhan said, “The attempt of Andhra Pradesh in entering the geographical territory of Odisha and conducting their panchayat elections whether in Koraput or in Ganjam and Gajapati districts yesterday is a matter of great concern.”
“Our border disputes with Andhra Pradesh and other neighboring States are often bitter. The Odisha government should take appropriate steps in time or else the people of the State may have to face even worse times in the days ahead,” said Pradhan.
“The government has taken legal action in this connection. Hopefully, it will take it to the right level,” he added saying that local administration should focus on the development of bordering villages and strengthen various government services in the region.
The collective efforts of all political parties, social organizations and individuals across the State will certainly be helpful to keep our people and boundaries of our homeland in safe, said the Petroleum Minister.
“It is the responsibility of all of us to protect the geographical boundaries of our state and to connect our brothers and sisters living in the border areas with Odisha.” Pradha tweeted.
Notably, the Andhra Pradesh Government on Saturday conducted panchayat elections for the Phatuseneri village under Pottangi block in Odisha’s Koraput district.
As per reports, around 60 per cent polling was recorded in Phatuseneri village where election was conducted amid tight security.
Of the 1,025 voters enrolled, 615 cast their votes for the posts of sarpanch and eight ward members in the village.