Mayurbhanj Merger Agreement

The efforts of Sardar Patel, Harekrushna Mahatab and V. P. Menon had allowed the merger of the states of Garajat with Odisha. On 23 December 1947, in accordance with the Extra Provincial Jurisdiction Act, the administration of the states of Garajat was transferred to the government of Odisha. It was commissioned on 1 January 1948. It should be borne in mind, however, that the leaders of the Prajamandal Movement were not invited to convene the Garajat States Fusion Conference in Cuttack. Mahatab acknowledged the troubles and confusion and did not call them intentionally. After the merger of the Garajat states, Mahatab Kapileswar appointed Nanda of Bolangir, Kailash Chandra Mohanty of Nilgiri and Pabitra Mohan Pradhan of Talcher as “advisor” to the rank of ministers. Indeed, the States of Garajat of Categories A B and C have largely merged with Odisha through the efforts of Harekrushna Mahatab 24. Mayurbhanj was the only state of Garajat to have taken place on the 16th The central government ceded the state to the government of Odisha in 1949.

Tragically, Sareikela and Kharasuna remained separated from Odisha forever. A Prajamandal conference was convened on the eve of independence, on August 10, 1947. The people of Chhatisgarh and other indigenous states of Odisha participated in the meeting. In the context of India`s independence, the role of this conference was important. The people have clearly expressed their wish to merge with Odisha and the proposal was formally adopted at this conference. But the decision of the people at this conference fell on deaf ears among the concerned kings of the countries of origin. But in the future, kings had to bear the consequences. Patna King Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo tried to thwart Mahatab`s efforts to merge the indigenous states with Odisha.

==Singh Deo became head of the founding of the Eastern Zone Native States Association, consisting of the Garajat, Chhatisgarh and Odisha regions. It was inaugurated on August 1, 1947. This new body had its own police, and if there were signs of unrest in a local state, its police were ready to dismantle it. Therefore, at that time, any possibility of merging between the states of Garajat and Odisha seemed distant. It was a shock to Mahatab. The merger contract was signed between M.K.Velody, then Home Minister, on behalf of the Indian government, and Maharaja Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo, then pro-chancellor of Utkal University. However, it was deplored that after the merger, the district did not get its deadline. . . .