Manchu Vishnu was elected president of the Screen Actors Association on Sunday following a bitter struggle between groups led by Vishnu and Prakash Raj. Vishnu defeated Prakash Raj.
The Vishnu group also occupied four positions of officials, including Secretary General Y. Raghubaba, Vice President Madal Ravi, Joint Secretary Gautam Raju and Treasurer M. Shiva Balaji. Raghu Babu defeated Jivita Rajasekhar with seven votes and became General Secretary, while Srikanth of Prakash Raj’s group defeated Babu Mohan as Executive Vice President. Other winners in the Prakash Raj panel included Banerjee as second vice president and Uttey as joint secretary.
The election culminated in six weeks of intense campaigning and frequent exchanges of serious accusations on both sides. 665 of the 883 eligible voters cast ballots at a school building in Jubilee Hills, where police took stringent security measures. Film lovers in large numbers gathered outside the school to take selfies with the actors.
Members of rival commissions got into a fight after Prakash Raj supporters campaigned at a polling center. Vishnu’s father Mohan Babu expressed his anger. Shiva Balaji and Hema, who disputed each other, were also involved in the fight. The returning officer extended the vote by one hour as large numbers of voters were still queuing after the 2:00 pm deadline.
Among the actors who did not vote because they were preoccupied with filming or other reasons were Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Rana, Junior NTR, Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Allu Arjun and Allu Sirish, Ravi Teja, Vijay Devarakonda, Anushka, Rakul Priet, Iliana … , Trisha, Hansika and Niharika.
It was attended by Chiranjivi, Pavan Kalyan, Balakrishna, Jayaprada and all other stars. Genelia came from Mumbai to vote. She said that the Telugu film industry was her home.