Bhubaneswar, Feb 20: Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Odisha Assembly Pradipta Kumar Nayak on Saturday wrote to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, requesting him to maintain status quo in Kotia area as ruled by the Supreme Court and respect cooperative federalism of the country.
“Recently, the AP Government conducted/tried conducting GP elections in Odisha villages under districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam, Gajapati and Malkangiri bordering AP’s Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam and Srikakulam district. This is not only against the spirit of Constitution, but against the spirit of federal structure of the country. The activities of AP violates Supreme Court ruling of 1968 that asked for status quo in the area. It is a grace constitutional crisis,” wrote Naik.
Naik mentioned that Andhra Pradesh’ right over Kotia is baseless. Kotia GP has always been part of Odisha. Prior to April 1, 1936, villages of Kotia GP were a part of Jeypore Estate.
As per the Government of India Gazatte dated March 19, 1936 (published after a survey jointly conducted by Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh) seven villages of Kotia GP were recorded as revenue villages under Potangi block in Koraput district and the Government of Oidsha collected revenue from those villages. “How can your Government claim some villages as AP’s” wanted to know the LoP.
“Andhra Pradesh has taken some villages of Odisha, renamed them and added to its province by violating SC order. This shows a complete expansionist mindset of the AP Government. Please look into this. Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have a very strong cultural relationship since thousand years. We should carry forward our relationship not fight for lands,” suggested Naik.
He requested the Chief Minister to instruct the district administrations of Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam and Srikakulam to obey the Supreme Court ruling and also respect the spirit of the cooperative federal structure of the nation.