The continuing marketing campaign for the Film Artists Affiliation (MAA) 2021 elections is getting nastier and private because the ballot date attracts nearer. The brand new workplace bearers, together with the president for Telugu cinema’s apex physique, will likely be elected on October 10. And Prakash Raj and Vishnu Manchu have seemingly taken a take-no-prisoners strategy of their marketing campaign towards one another.
Vishnu kick-started his bid for the MAA president publish in June by politicking round his id. Whereas asserting his candidature for the MAA president publish, he described himself as “the true son of the soil.” He distinguished himself as an “insider” from an “outsider” like Prakash Raj, who can also be contesting for the highest publish. And that form of turned a precursor to a high-voltage contest.
Prakash Raj, a local of Karnataka, is a family title throughout South India. He has transcended language limitations together with his performances in tons of of films as he can fluently converse in all 4 languages of south India. It turned a flashpoint dividing the trade over Prakash Raj’s candidacy. Some main names of Telugu cinema, together with Naga Babu have overtly are available assist of Prakash Raj, lashing out at these portray him as an “outsider”, whilst individuals who belong to Vishnu’s camp proceed to make rhetorical statements on Prakash Raj’s id.
The disagreement between the rival camps have solely intensified with just some days left for the elections. Prakash Raj has levelled severe allegations of corruption towards Vishnu Manchu. The previous has accused the latter of indulging in unfair and unethical means to affect the result of the elections.
Prakash accused Vishnu of bribing those that decide to solid their votes by way of postal ballots. “The postal poll system is for senior artists who dwell away from the town. There’s a bylaw that ensures that poll posting occurs in an moral method. However even earlier than the announcement, Mohan Babu and Manchu Vishnu have collected signatures from over 50 artists who’re residing in numerous cities,” Prakash alleged whereas looking for the election fee and disciplinary committee of MAA to take motion towards such practices.
Prakash Raj waved a couple of paperwork to the media claiming proof that some unidentified individual had paid poll costs to the tune of Rs 28,000 on behalf of 56 voters.
In flip, Vishnu accused Prakash of making a poisonous atmosphere by making a giant fuss about every little thing. He claimed that he was not doing something illegal. “Prakash Raj ought to cease shedding crocodile tears. All his allegations are baseless as we by no means pay poll costs for somebody with out their consent. As a presidential candidate, I’m campaigning and looking for votes by knocking on each single door. And Prakash Raj also needs to do the identical and put an finish to this drama,” Vishnu mentioned.
Vishnu even justified paying the poll costs on behalf of voters.
There was additionally buzz that Vishnu Manchu’s proximity with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy will play a task within the elections. And a high minister from the federal government needed to publically difficulty a clarification. “Neither Jagan Mohan Reddy nor YSR Congress nor the AP state authorities has any curiosity within the MAA elections,” mentioned AP minister Perni Venkataramaiah.
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) October 4, 2021
The stakes are actually excessive within the MAA elections. From invoking Telugu delight to bribing members for votes, this election is being fought onerous. And when it’s throughout, the ability and relationship dynamics are more likely to be altered for good.
About 26 positions will go to the polls this Sunday. And greater than 900 members of the affiliation will take part within the voting that may choose the brand new government physique for the time period of two years.