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Sarpanch protests against deletion of her name in voter list

SEEKING JUSTICE: B. G. Laxmidevamma, Sarpanch of K. Timmapuram in Yemmiganur mandal, staging a protest against deletion of her name from voter list at the Collectorate in Kurnool on Thursday. CPI leaders K. Ramachandraiah and K. Jagannatham examining the list at the protest camp. Photo U. Subramanyam  



Staff Reporter

Laxmidevamma's name figures among the list of persons dead

KURNOOL: B.G. Laxmidevamma, Sarpanch of K. Timmapuram in Yemmiganur mandal launched a protest against deletion of her name from the voters' list at the Collectorate here on Thursday.

She was elected as Sarpanch of K Timmapuram village in the previous election which was reserved for women of Backward Class communities.

She still continues to be the Sarpanch of the village and was discharging her duties.

However, her name was found missing from the electoral roll and figured among the list of persons dead.

Mischief alleged

Annoyed by the `willful mischief' allegedly by the panchayat secretary, she complained to the Collector and launched an indefinite protest.

Interestingly, three others names in the family including that of her husband B.G. Maddanna, a Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, were intact.

She alleged that out of the ten names deleted in the village, only two persons died and three migrated for seasonal employment while others were present in the village.

Contender

Mrs. Laxidevamma alleged that she was dropped from the rolls, as she was a contender to the post. CPI leaders P. Ramachadraiah and K. Jagannatham extended their support to Mrs. Laxmidevamma and demanded action against the panchayat secretary, who was allegedly responsible for the deletion.

Officials were in a piquant situation as inclusion of the name was not possible now.