Kotia: Tikai Gemel wins from Pottangi Zone-1 ZP by defeating all party-backed candidate

Pottangi: For the first time in the poll history of Koraput district, an Independent woman candidate has emerged winner from a Zilla Parishad seat by defeating another Independent woman candidate backed by three major political parties.

As per the result of counting of votes for the Panchayat Polls 2022, Tikai Gemel, an Independent woman candidate, won the Pottangi Zone-1 Zilla Parishad seat of Koraput district. Gemel received 10,354 votes and defeated another Independent woman candidate Mamata Jani by a margin of 3,710 votes. Jani got 6,644 votes in the panchayat elections.

Pottangi Zone-1 Zilla Parishad constitutes Kotia, Maliput, Deopottangi, Pottangi, Gangrajpur, Nuagaon and Sunki gram panchayats.

All eyes were on all party-backed Mamata Jani after Congress leader Minakhi Bahinipati, BJD leader Ishwar Chandra Panigrahi and BJP senior leader and former MP Jayaram Pangi campaigned for her for the panchayat polls.

However, Tikai Gemel became a dark horse and won the Pottangi Zone-1 Zilla Parishad seat.

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