With both major political parties are evenly poised, the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block holds the key to the election to the post of Koraput Zilla Parishad (ZP) president. The CMAS which is alleged to be having strong Maoist links has already started to declare importance of its lone Zilla Parishad member during the election of Koraput Zilla Parishad president. In 29 member Koraput Zilla Parishad, 14 seats each have been won by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Congress. The candidate, Juro Maika, who won uncontested to the Koraput Zilla Parishad from Narayanpatna block had the support of CMAS.

There were three candidates in fray for the single Zilla Parishad zone in Narayanpatna block. But the Congress candidate Parbati Minaka and the BJD candidate A. Gauri preferred to withdraw their nomination papers allowing the CMAS supported independent candidate Juro Maika win uncontested. Apart from the Zilla Parishad post which was fought on party lines, most other candidates for panchayat polls in this Maoist-infested Narayanpatna area got elected uncontested. Before the start of panchayat election process the CMAS had declared that it would field its candidates in the area and would try to get them elected uncontested.

CMAS demands

According to sources, both BJD and Congress are trying to woo the CMAS to get the support of Zilla Parishad member linked to it during the election for the post of Zilla Parishad president. Meanwhile, a joint press statement by CMAS president of CMAS Nachika Linga and Dandapani Mohanty, who was one of the mediators between Maoists and State government during the abduction of Malkangiri Collector by the Naxalites last year made it clear that the Zilla Parishad member of CMAS from Narayanpatna would back the party which would support their demands.

They stated that the party interested in getting their support would have to give a written assurance regarding fulfilment of their demands. They have put forward a list of ten demands. These demands include publication of judicial enquiry report regarding police firing on CMAS activists in front of Narayanpatna police station in 2009, action against security personnel who destroyed memorial built in memory of CMAS activists killed in police firing, complete ban on liquor, and end to alleged atrocities on tribals in the name of anti-Maoist operations.