To protest against the decision to shift a few mandals from Bhadrachalam to Andhra Pradesh

After boycotting the local body poll process by not filing a single nomination for eight MPTC and one ZPTC member posts in Kukunoor mandal, the Mumpu Pranthala Parirakshana Samithi has stepped up efforts to ensure withdrawal of nominations filed in other areas under the submergence zone of Polavaram project in the district.

The Samithi consisting of various Adivasi organisations, political parties and associations representing people living in Polavaram submergence zone under Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions has given a call for boycott of the ensuing local body elections.

The move is intended to register its strongest protest against the Central government’s “decision” to shift five mandals totally, one almost fully and one partly from Bhadrachalam Agency in Khammam district, an integral part of Telangana, to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh.

Kukunoor mandal in Palvancha division is one among the five tribal sub-plan mandals earmarked for merger with the residual State of Andhra Pradesh.

The Centre’s merger plan envisaged transfer of Bhadrachalam mandal, barring the revenue village of Bhadrachalam, including the temple town, to successor State of Andhra Pradesh.

Significant move

The boycott call assumes significance in the backdrop of the series of agitations recently organised by Adivasi organisations demanding scrapping of Polavaram project and some political parties seeking change in the existing design of the project to prevent large-scale submergence of vast tracts of tribal lands.

Meanwhile, the Samithi leaders held discussions with the representatives of various political parties in Velerupadu, V.R. Puram and Kunavaram mandals to persuade them to ensure withdrawal of nominations filed by their candidates before the stipulated time slated for Monday.

Exploring options

“We will explore all options to exert pressure on the Centre withdraw its “detrimental decision” and ensure continuation of all the seven mandals in Khammam district as part of Telangana State,” said S.K. Ghouse, an “all-party” mandal level committee representative of Kukunoor.

A plan is on the anvil to give a call for boycott of the upcoming general elections too, he said pointing out that the seven mandals, including Kukunoor mandal constitute more than 1.10 lakh voters under the ST reserved Aswaraopet, Bhadrachalam and Pinapaka Assembly segments in the district.