Kothagudem: In the light of State government contemplating indirect election of the village sarpanch, the people are quandary whether the sarpanch elected by ward members could beexercise the same power and authority as that of the sarpanch elected by people directly.
Indirect election of sarpanches decried
The Bhadradri-Kothagudem district has proposed creation of an additional 102 panchayats in addition to the existing 205 panchayats. Sarpanch will continue in power for five years in spite of corruption since there is no system to recall the sarpanch.
Unlike the earlier times, when main political outfits threw their weight behind the sarpanch post aspirants, this time elections will be held directly on party symbols so that the political parties would test their strength at the field level.
Bhadrachalam sarpanch Bhukya Sweta endorsed the indirect elections to sarpanch as it would inject greater transparency in administration. This system would promote development in villages. CPM State committee member A J Ramesh said indirect elections for the sarpanch post would make a mockery of democracy.
Sarpanches association district president Dharawat Chandu Naik said that the decision is violate the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments. It would tantamount to an attack on the rights being enjoyed by sarpanches.