KAKINADA: As the controversy over unanimous selection of gram panchayat posts rages in the state, an interesting incident — auction of sarpanch post — has come to light from Rajapudi village in Jaggampeta mandal of East Godavari district.
The auction amount for the post rose to Rs.52.50 lakh, but then some candidates came forward to file nominations for the poll.
According to sources, an auction was conducted for the village sarpanch post. The highest bidder quoted Rs.52.50lakh. Some YSRC leaders also participated in the bid, but they dropped out of the auction midway. It is learnt that a TD leader quoted up to Rs.50 lakh. But, to his discomfiture, another candidate who withdrew from the contest in the previous elections fixed the deal this time for Rs.52.50 lakh.
However, his joy was short-lived. One B. Vishnu Murthy too came forward to file his nomination for the election on Friday. Another candidate and YSRC leader M. Veerraju is getting ready to file his…