Bandhugaon, Dec 6 :
As many as nine elected PRI representatives including the chairperson of the Bandhugaon block and two members of the Koraput Zilla Parishad have resigned from their posts citing non-implementation of development programmes in their areas as the reason.
It is clear that the en masse resignation follow last month’s diktats issued first by the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh ( CMAS) leader Nachika Linga and two days later by the Srikakulam-Koraput division of the Maoists asking the elected PRI members of Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna blocks to resign from their positions latest by December 5, on the ground that they had “failed” to ensure development in their areas .
On Thursday, 9 elected PRI members led by the block chairperson Pidika Ambe submitted their resignation letters addressed to the district collector to the local BDO Dambarudhar Mallik.
Those who put in their papers include Zilla Parishad members Nimiki Manik and Konda Tamara Lachha, vice-chairperson of Bandhugaon block Kulesika Rauta, Wateka Jaganna, N. Sujatha, Hareka Pandu, Nidrabati Bidika, the Sarpanchs of Nilabadi, Kutrabeda, K. Jaguguda and Bandhugaon panchayats respectively.
Their resignation letters refer to a 9-point charter of demands related to the development and other issues in their respective areas.
The block administration’s desperate efforts to convince them to withdraw their resignation letters during a 2-hour long discussion at the Bandhugaon police station failed to yield any result.
Although the administration seems to have convinced the elected PRI members in the heavily guarded Narayanpatna block so far not to bow down to the Maoist threats, the situation could change after the developments in Bandhugaon on Thursday.
There are apprehensions that the Maoists who have begun their week-long PLGA week since December 2 may seek to enforce their diktat seeking resignation of all elected PRI members by resorting to violence or killings.
Incidentally, the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh led by Nachika Linga had taken part in the 3-tier panchayat elections in 2011 and 90% of its candidates had won uncontested in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna.