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Maoists force elected sarapanchs to resign in Odisha
Maoists have asked 18 Sarapanchs, 15 Samiti Members and Zilla Parishad Member of Kalimela block under Malkangiri district to resign within 15 days - if the administration does not take steps to fulfill their demands.

IN AN emergency meeting of the Panchayat Samiti held on Thursday, July 5, at Malakanagiri district of Odisha, the elected representatives decided to cease work and put pressure on the government to concede the demands. The elected represenatives belonging to Telrai, Badigeta, Bejenwada, Chintalawada and Manyamkonda gram panchayats limits and one zone – 111 Zilla Parishad Member who have attended a Praja Court at Gamphakonda village on July 4 organized by Maoists. 

The top leaders at the Praja Court asked the elected representatives to resign as the government had failed to keep their promises, which they made before filing nomination papers. Their demands include construction of a canal from Karkatapalli to Manyamkonda, financial assistance to drought-affected areas, ensure strict implementation of health and education facilities and supply of fertilizers and sheeds to farmers at subsidized rate. 

The constrution of an irrigation canal from Karkatapalli to Manyamkonda was among the list of priorities of the then Collector R. Vineel Krishna, who was abducted by the Maoists last year. Finding no other way, the elected panchyat body members decided to resign if demands related to the canal did not show any positive sign within five days. About 1000 villagers, particularly tribals from nearby villages, attended the Praja Court organized by the Maoists.

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