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TRS may send Prakash Raj to Rajya Sabha

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is likely to nominate actor- politician Prakash Raj to the Rajya Sabha.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is believed to be considering the name of Prakash Raj, who recently emerged as a key figure in the TRS President’s efforts to cobble together a national alliance.

Prakash Raj is reported to have met Chandrasekhar Rao twice at his farmhouse at Erravalli a couple of days ago. The meeting assumed significance in the wake of the series of consultations the TRS chief is having with the party leaders to select three candidates for the upcoming elections to Rajya Sabha.

The polling for one Rajya Saba seat will be held on May 30. The vacancy arose due to the resignation of Banda Prakash after he was elected to the Telangana Legislative Council. May 19 is the last date for filing of nomination.

The Election Commission on Thursday announced the schedule for two seats of the Upper House of Parliament as sitting members V. Lakshmikanta Rao and D. Srinivas will be retiring on June 21.

The election notification for the two seats will be issued on May 24. The last date for filing of nominations is May 31. Election, if necessary, will be held on June 10.

With more than 100 MLAs in 119-member Assembly, the TRS has the required strength to win all the three seats.

KCR has already announced his intention to play a key role in national politics. He is likely to nominate a couple of leaders who can help the party in playing the role.

Prakash Raj, a popular actor in south Indian films, is being seen as a key member of KCR’s team to forge a front of like-minded regional and national parties.

The actor was present during KCR’s meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar in Mumbai in February.

Prakash Raj also accompanied election strategist Prashant Kishore during the latter’s visit to Mallanna Sagar reservoir in Siddipet district of Telangana in the last week of February.

A bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the actor enjoys good rapport with leaders of various parties in his home state Karnataka and also in Tamil Nadu.

This was not the first time that Prakash Raj was seen taking an active part in the political deliberations around the front.

He was also seen with KCR in 2018 when the latter held a series of meetings with leaders of various political parties to prepare ground to launch an alternate front.

Prakash Raj, who claims to be a strong believer in secularism and unity in diversity, had used various forums to launch a bitter attack on policies pursued by the Narendra Modi government since 2014. He had also taken active part in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He had unsuccessfully contested as an independent from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha in 2019 elections. Last year, he suffered defeat in the election for the President of Movie Artists Association (MAA), the apex body of Telugu film industry.

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Prakash Raj slams AP govt for ‘misusing’ power to stop ‘Bheemla Nayak’

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Actor Prakash Raj has questioned the Andhra Pradesh government about the alleged misuse of power and domination towards the Telugu film industry, especially in the case of Pawan Kalyan’s latest release ‘Bheemla Nayak’.

As the actor tweeted regarding the same on Sunday, he asked the government to put an end to their unwanted domination.

Prakash Raj has called out the government of Andhra Pradesh, regarding the restrictions it has implemented in the state on movies, as in the case of Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Bheemla Nayak’.

In his hard-hitting note, the actor wrote, “#BheemlaNayak .. #GovtofAndhrapradesh please put an end to this onslaught..let cinema thrive #JustAsking”.

The multifaceted film personality also questioned the misuse of power by the Jagan government.

Prakash Raj also mentioned that no one can stop audiences’ love towards their favourite hero and movies.

In the wake of Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Bheemla Nayak’ release, the Andhra government had appointed special officer forces at the theaters, leaving everyone to turn their heads at the deeds of the ruling party.

Special Government Orders were brought in Andhra Pradesh, only to stop the movie from releasing earlier.

Even after the court opposed bringing in, the Government Order related to ticket prices in the state, the government has turned a deaf ear to it.

The whole movie industry had suffered losses at the time of the first two waves of the pandemic.

While the Telangana government assures to provide help in the favour of the industry, Andhra Pradesh’s attitude only to hit at an actor-turned-politician, has become one of the hot topics in the Telugu states.

On the other hand, the Pawan and Rana-starrer ‘Bheemla Nayak’ is reported to have broken even in the US.

Running successfully, the movie is screening for the lowest available prices in Andhra Pradesh.

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Why KCR took actor Prakash Raj, Kavitha in special flight to Mumbai?

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When TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao was boarding the special flight at Begumpet airport on Sunday morning (today) to leave for Mumbai to meet Shiv Sena chief, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thakeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, everyone was surprised to visuals of actor Prakash Raj and KCR’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha boarding the flight along with KCR.

This is because KCR prefers to visit states on special flights with few ministers like Vemula Prashanth Reddy, MLCs like Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MPs J.Santosh Kumar, K.Keshava Rao etc.

Surprisingly, actor Prakash Raj and Kavitha got a chance to fly with KCR to Mumbai on Sunday.

This raised questions over why KCR took them to Mumbai and what KCR tried to convey with this?

Speculations are rife in TRS circles that KCR wants to project himself as ‘anti-Modi’ and ‘anti-BJP’ by taking along Prakash Raj, who is known to be the strong critic of Modi and BJP at the national level. Since KCR is trying to play a key role in national politics by bringing all parties against BJP, he took Prakash Raj with him who has got a national image and reputation as a fighter against Modi and BJP.

By taking Kavitha, KCR wants to convey a message that he wants her daughter confine to national politics and not state politics as everyone is expecting after he made her MLC.

KCR wants to convey that MLC was only a ‘stop-gap arrangement’ after she lost Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in 2019 and she will be made to contest Lok Sabha elections again from Nizamabad or any other seat in 2024. KCR wants to indicate that only his son KTR will run the political show in Telangana in TRS and government and he will not create another power centre in TRS by continuing Kavitha in state politics.

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Manchu Vishnu approves Prakash Raj panel resignations, but gives a new twist!

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MAA new president Manchu Vishu on Sunday (today) approved the resignation of 11 members of Prakash Raj panel who were elected in the MAA elections held on October 12 this year.

It may be recalled that Manchu Vishu panel and Prakash Raj panel fought a bitter battle to win MAA elections this year.

But finally, Manchu Vishnu was elected as MAA president defeating Prakash Raj. However, 11 members from Prakash Raj panel got elected for various positions in MAA (Movie Artists Association).

However, 11 members of Prakash Raj panel submitted enmasse resignations to their posts the very next on October 13 alleging large scale irregularities in MAA polling.

However, Manchu Vishnu kept those resignations pending since then and made repeated requests to Prakash Raj panel members to withdraw their resignations.

He waited for two months but there was no response from resigned members.

With this, Vishnu decided to approve their resignations today.

However, Vishnu gave a new twist by not approving the resignations made by Prakash Raj and Naga Babu for MAA membership.

Vishnu now plans to take his 11-panel members in the MAA executive committee who were defeated by 11 Prakash Raj panel members in MAA elections.

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Prakash Raj responds to language row triggered by ‘Jai Bhim’

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Acclaimed character actor Prakash Raj has broken his silence on the slapping scene in the critically acclaimed Tamil film ‘Jai Bhim’.

Raj, who plays IG Perumalsamy, slaps a Hindi-speaking pawnbroker, who looks to use language as an instrument to obfuscate the truth and his involvement in the crime. The IG asks him to speak in Tamil. The scene did not go down well with a certain section of the audience and triggered a major debate on social media, with many expressing their displeasure on Twitter.

Tweeting the link of an interview he had given to a news channel, Prakash Raj on Saturday wrote, “Opened up on the slapping controversy of #JaiBheem and more. Do spend a few minutes to read and share … keep supporting relevant cinema … love you all #JaiBheem.”

In the interview, the actor said, “After watching a film such as ‘Jai Bhim’, they did not see the agony of the tribal people, they did not see and feel terrible about the injustice, they saw only the slap. That is all they understood; this exposes their agenda. That said, certain things have to be documented. For example, the anger of South Indians on Hindi being forced upon them.”

Explaining the relevance of the scene, Raj said: “How else will a police officer who is investigating a case react when he knows that a person who understands the local language, chooses to speak only in Hindi to dodge the interrogation? That has to be documented, right? The film is set in the 1990s. If that character had Hindi imposed on him, he would have reacted this way only. Probably if it came across as more intense, it is also because that is my thought too, and I stand by that thought.”

Replying to his critics with a strong riposte, the actor said: “For some, the slap scene irked only because it was Prakash Raj on screen. They appear more naked than me now, because their intent has been revealed.

If the pain of the tribal people did not move them, then, all I say is: ‘Unakku ivvalavuthaan purinju daha da, nee thaana avan? (Is that all you understood? Are you that kind of person?) There’s no point reacting to such bigots. You know, I came to Hindi very late. I have also given back something to that industry. It’s okay for us to have differences, we have to learn to live with them. The focus here is on the injustice. Let us be fair.”

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Prakash Raj’s slapping scene in ‘Jai Bhim’ triggers debate on social media

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A slapping scene featuring actor Prakash Raj in just-released Tamil film ‘Jai Bhim’ has triggered a massive debate on Twitter.

The scene in which Prakash Raj is shown slapping a Hindi-speaking pawn broker, asking him to speak in Tamil instead, has not gone down well with a section of the audience, who took to Twitter to express their displeasure.

One user tweeted, “I am really heartbroken after watching #JaiBhim, nothing against actor or anyone but felt really bad, there is a scene in the film where a person speaks Hindi and Prakash Raj slaps him and tells him to speak in Tamil. Honestly this kind of scene was not needed. Hope they cut it.”

“We wait for Tamil films. We support them, we request the makers to release it Pan India, in return we don’t want anything but just love. If not love then at least not humiliation,” he added.

While one segment took exception to it, another segment pointed out that the police officer’s character (played by Prakash Raj in the film) only asks the pawn broker’s character to speak in Tamil because of the latter’s efforts to use language as an instrument to obfuscate the truth and his involvement in the crime.

“The scene is not against Hindi-speaking Indians. The particular character tries to get away by speaking in Hindi (so that Prakash Raj wouldn’t understand) and knowing this strategy, he slaps him and asks him to speak in Tamil. Tamil filmmakers are not against the Hindi language ,” wrote one film critic in response to the tweet by the user.

The debate also saw some people venting their ire at actor Prakash Raj, who played the character of the police officer.

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YSRCP ‘rowdysheeter’ in MAA polling booth!

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The ongoing controversy over irregularities in the recent MAA elections (Movie Artists Association took a new turn on Friday (today) with a picture of a YSRCP leader’s presence in the MAA polling booth when the polling was held on October 10 at Jubilee Hills Public School in Hyderabad.

The picture of YSRCP Nukala Sambashiva Rao roaming inside the polling booth was released by actor Prakash Raj, who lost MAA president election to Manchu Vishnu.

Prakash Raj panel has all along been alleging that Manchu panel won the election by indulging in irregularities in polling. They alleged that Manchu supporters threatened voter to vote for Manchu in the polling booth and those who opposed were even manhandled by Manchu supporters.

Prakash Raj panel sought CCTV footage to prove their claims. The police showed CCTV footage to Prakash Raj.

Prakash Raj capture few pictures of YSRCP leader, who is also known as ‘rowdy sheeter’ since police has opened ‘rowdy sheet’ on him. roaming inside polling booth. Prakash Raj alleged that the YSRCP leader threatened and attacked voters during polling.

Prakash Raj question MAA election office Krishna Mohan to answer how this YSRCP leader who was not even a MAA member was allowed inside the polling booth.

Prakash Raj also released the pictures of Manchu Mohan Babu and Vishnu coming to MAA polling booth along with YSRCP leader.

He also released pictures of YSRCP leader posing with YSRCP party chief and AP CM YS Jagan.

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Actor Prakash Raj demands CCTV footage of MAA polls

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Following high drama around the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) elections, Vishnu Manchu was elected president of the association and even though his rival Prakash Raj and his supporters resigned from their positions, Vishnu did not react.

Many artistes came forward claiming they faced mental harassment by the Manchu family during MAA elections. Others also alleged foul play in the elections. In this context, Prakash Raj has sought evidence from the spot. He has written a letter to the polling officer seeking CCTV footage from the polling booth.

Prakash Raj’s letter said, “You were witness to many unfortunate events that happened in the just-concluded MAA elections. The tempers were high and we saw unruly, anti-social behaviour of DRC member Sri Mohan Babu and ex-president Sri Naresh. They abused, threatened and physically attacked members of MAA.”

“I assume you used your discretionary powers to allow them and their henchmen in the polling arena.

Prakash Raj said the MAA elections and later incidents made them a “laughing stock” in the eyes of the public and there is disgust about behaviour of some known faces. He said even MAA members want to know the truth about these reports.

Prakash Raj has demanded CCTV footage of the polls, saying “as a polling officer, it is your duty to preserve all the records at least for three months.”

“I request you to give us CCTV footage as early as possible. Unless you act immediately, I fear the footage will be deleted or tampered with,” he wrote.

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Prakash Raj’s sensational move after being defeated in MAA Elections

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Like never before, the MAA Elections stood in the news because of the controversies. The panels of Prakash Raj and Manchu Vishnu contested in the polls and things turned murkier like never before. Even the bigwigs of Tollywood turned dumb and they could not control the situations. Several unexpected incidents were reported on the day of elections and Manchu Vishnu won as the new President of MAA. A depressed Prakash Raj submitted his resignation for the membership of MAA after he was called as a non-local. 11 members from the panel of Prakash Raj won in the elections.

All the 11 members of the panel of Prakash Raj submitted their resignations for their positions. Prakash Raj said that he would welcome Vishnu to take charge and fulfill all the promises that he made before the elections. “We want Vishnu to work efficiently and work for the prosperity of MAA. We will not interfere in their work but will question from the side of the actors who voted for us. I will also take back my resignation after the bylaw of a non-local contesting in the elections of MAA will be amended” told Prakash Raj.

Srikanth said that he urged everyone to vote for one panel before the elections but most of them participated in cross-voting. Benarjee turned emotional and was left in tears for the way Mohan Babu behaved on the day of the elections. All the members of Prakash Raj who won in the MAA Elections submitted their resignation for the posts they won in the recent polls.

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Prakash Raj says ‘there’s a deeper meaning’ behind quitting MAA

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Actor Prakash Raj has said that there is a deeper meaning behind his resignation from Tollywood’s influential industry body, Movie Artists Association (MAA).

Thanking the members who had supported him and his panel in the just-concluded MAA elections, the acclaimed character actor tweeted: “Hi my dear MAA members who stood by us … There is a deeper meaning behind my resignation from the MAA. We as a team know we are responsible to the love n support you all have extended to us.”

Prakash Raj lost to actor-producer Manchu Vishnu in a bitterly contested election and then announced on Monday that he was quitting the MAA. “We will NEVER let you all down … will explain very soon … you will be proud of us,” he added.

The actor had quit the trade body because he was upset over what he perceived as “regionalism” during the election and the ‘tukde tukde’ gang issue being raked up in the campaign. A native of Karnataka, the multi-lingual actor said he would remain a “guest” in the industry because that what his rival panel and its supporters want him to be.

During the bitter campaign, the Vishnu panel and its supporters opposed Prakash Raj’s candidature because he’s a non-Telugu. Prakash responded by stating: “My self-respect as an artiste does not permit me to continue in the MAA.” He clarified that he would continue to act in Telugu films and maintain his relationship with the film industry and his fans.

In the election held on Sunday, Vishnu was elected MAA president defeating Prakash Raj by 109 votes. The final results declared on Monday showed that Vishnu polled 383 votes while his rival garnered 274 votes.

The Vishnu panel also won all the key posts, barring the executive vice-president, which was bagged by actor Srikanth of the Prakash Raj panel. And of the 18 slots for executive committee members, Vishnu’s panel bagged 10 and Prakash Raj supporters got the remaining eight seats.

After Prakash Raj announcing his resignation, Vishnu appealed to him not to act in an emotional and hasty way. “You are an integral part of our family. I need your ideas and we need to work together. I request you not to reply back to me now. I will meet you soon and we will discuss. I love uncle and please don’t be hasty,” the young actor wrote to Prakash Raj.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, Vishnu said he would not accept the resignations of Prakash Raj and Naga Babu, megastar Chiranjeevi’s brother, who had also announced his resignation. Chiranjeevi, in fact, had supported Prakash Raj. Naga Babu said he was pained to see regionalism and intolerance that rocked the apex body of Tollywood.

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Prakash Raj submits his resignation for MAA

After losing in the MAA Elections, Prakash Raj interacted with the press and announced that he will submit his resignation for the membership of MAA. He said that he is associated with MAA from the past 21 years and he will continue to do films in Telugu. He said that he was called a non-local by various actors and Prakash Raj revealed that he would respect their views. He said that he is not in a mood to continue with MAA after being called a non-local. He questioned if he will not be allowed to do films if he has no membership for MAA.

Prakash Raj is badly hurt with the result of MAA. Manchu Vishnu won on Prakash Raj with a majority of over 100 votes. The veteran actor has been doing films in all the Indian languages and he is one of the highest-paid character actors.

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MAA elections: Manchu Vishnu defeats Prakash Raj by huge margin

Actor Manchu Vishnu was Sunday elected as the new President of Movie Artists Association (MAA), defeating Prakash Raj by a huge margin in a bitterly-contested election.

Vishnu, son of veteran actor Mohan Babu, defeated Prakash Raj by 106 votes.

Ending day-long suspense, MAA election officer Krishna Mohan announced the poll results on Sunday night. Vishnu polled 380 votes while Prakash Raj, who was branded as non-local by some supporters of rival panel, could secure 274 votes.

A native of Karnataka, Prakash Raj acts in Telugu and other South Indian films. He had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha election from Bangalore Central as an independent candidate in 2019.

The Vishnu panel also bagged the key posts of Vice President, General Secretary, and Treasurer. Madhala Ravi was elected Vice President beating Benerjee of the Prakash Raj panel.

Raghu Babu trounced Jeevitha Rajasekhar for the post of General Secretary by 7 votes. Siva Balaji was elected treasurer, defeating Nagineedu by 32 votes. Balaji polled 316 votes while Nagineedu secured 284 votes.

Actor Srikanth from Prakash Raj panel was elected Executive Vice President. He defeated Babu Mohan of the Vishnu panel.

The acrimonious election was seen as a tussle between families of megastar Chiranjeevi and veteran actor Mohan Babu. Chiranjeevi’s family backed Prakash Raj while Mohan Babu actively campaigned for his son Manchu Vishnu.

Soon after the results were declared, Chiranjeevi took to Twitter to congratulate Vishnu and other members of the new body. He hoped that the new body will work for the welfare of all artists. “MAA has always been one family. No matter who wins, it’s the victory of our family,” he wrote.

Earlier speaking at a film event Chiranjeevi expressed his displeasure over the acrimony created during the MAA elections. He remarked that positions are temporary.

According to election officer, 68 per cent polling was recorded which was highest in the history of the MAA. Out of 925 members of the MAA, 883 were eligible to cast their votes and of them, 605 did do to elect 26-member body comprising the President, two Vice Presidents, Executive Vice President, General Secretary, two Joint Secretaries, Treasurer and 18 Executive Committee members.

The polling which began at 8 a.m. at Jubilee Hills Public School was peaceful barring minor clashes between the two rival groups.

The polling, which was to end at 2 p.m., was extended by an hour by election officer Krishna Mohan. The counting of votes began at 4 p.m.

The first result went in favour of the Prakash Raj panel when Shia Reddy was elected as executive member. This was followed by three more victories for the panel as Anasuya, Kaushik and Suresh Kondeti were also elected as executive members.

From the Vishnu panel, Poojitha, Shashank, Jayavani, U.P. Srinivasulu, Srilakshmi, Manik, Harinath Babu, and Vishnu Boppana were elected as executive members.

Chiranjeevi, leading actors Pawan Kalyan, Balakrishna and Nagarjuna were among leading personalities of Tollywood who cast their votes.

Murali Mohan, Mohan Babu, Jaya Prada, Rajendra Prasad, Roja, Babu Mohan, Naga Babu and other prominent faces also came to vote.

After a bitter campaign between the rival panels, scenes of camaraderie were witnessed on the polling day. The two actors, battling for the post of MAA President, shook hands and embraced each other to declare that they are all one.

Prakash Raj also shook hands with Mohan Babu and took his blessings. Mohan Babu had arrived early at the polling booth to bless his son Vishnu and claimed that the panel enjoyed support of majority of voters.

MAA founding President Chiranjeevi said he cast his vote as per his conscience. He said every time MAA elections were being held with the same acrimony and called for putting an end to this trend.

Actor politician Pawan Kalyan was one of the first to cast his votes. Talking to reporters, the Jana Sena president declined to name the panel he votes for saying this would amount to influencing voters. He said MAA elections would have no bearing on the friendship between his brother Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu. Pawan said the film industry will not split due to MAA polls.

Chiranjeevi’s other brother Naga Babu, however, told reporters that he cast his vote for the Prakash Raj panel.

Leading actor Balakrishna told reporters after casting his vote that Prakash Raj and Vishnu are like brothers. The actor politician, who had earlier declared his support to Vishnu, said he votes for those who will do better.

Veteran actor Jaya Prada also cast her vote. Mohan Babu said she flew in from Delhi at his request to participate in the voting.

Ileana, who had been staying away from Telugu films following his marriage to Bollwyood actor Ritesh Deshmukh, also came to Hyderabad to cast his vote. She said MAA will soon have a super President.

There was mild tension at polling booth when Vishnu panel members alleged that Prakash Raj panel members were campaigning inside the booth. Siva Balaji tried to stop a member of Prakash Raj panel who was allegedly giving dummy ballot to voters. There was heated argument between the two groups and the police had to intervene to pacify them.

Mohan Babu also took exception to campaigning by Prakash Raj panel inside the booth. He urged voters to leave in five minutes after exercising their franchise. There was also heated argument between Siva Balaji and Hema.

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Leading lights of Tollywood cast votes in closely fought MAA elections

Megastar Chiranjeevi as well as leading actors Pawan Kalyan, Balakrishna and Nagarjuna were among the notable Tollywood personalities who cast their votes on Sunday to elect new office-bearers of the Movie Artists Association (MAA), the apex body of the Telugu film industry.

Murali Mohan, Mohan Babu, Jaya Prada, Rajendra Prasad, Roja, Babu Mohan, Naga Babu and other leading lights of the industry also participated in the vote. Polling, which began at 8 a.m. at the Jubilee Hills Public School, was progressing smoothly.

It was to end at 2 p.m., but was extended by an hour by the election officer, Krishna Mohan. Till 1.30 p.m., 56 per cent of the voters had cast their ballots. Out of the 925 MAA members, 883 are eligible to vote. Of them, 503 had cast their ballots.

The counting of votes will be taken up at 4 p.m. and is likely to continue till 8 p.m., when the results are slated to be declared.

MAA members were voting to elect a 26-member executive comprising the president, general secretary, two joint secretaries, treasurer, and 18 committee members.

Retired employees of the Telangana Cooperative Society made elaborate arrangements for the polling in adherence with Covid-19 protocols. As many as 50 policemen and women were deployed as part of the security measures.

After a bitter campaign between the panels led by acclaimed actor Prakash Raj and actor-producer Manchu Vishnu, scenes of camaraderie were witnessed on the polling day. The two contenders battling for the post of MAA president shook hands and embraced each other to declare that they are all one.

Prakash Raj also shook hands with Mohan Babu, who’s also Vishnu’s father, and took his blessings. Mohan Babu had arrived early at the polling booth to bless his son and claimed that the panel enjoyed support of majority of voters.

Megastar and MAA founding president Chiranjeevi said he had cast his vote as per his conscience. He said that whenever the MAA elections were held, the same acrimony was witnessed and called for putting an end to it.

Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan was one of the first to cast his votes. Talking to reporters, the Jana Sena president declined to name the panel he votes for saying this would amount to influencing voters. He said MAA elections would have no bearing on the friendship between his brother Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu. Pawan said the film industry will not split due to MAA polls.

Chiranjeevi’s brother Naga Babu told reporters that he cast his vote for the Prakash Raj panel. Leading actor Balakrishna said after casting his vote that Prakash Raj and Vishnu were like brothers to him. The actor and politician, who had earlier declared his support for Vishnu, said he voted for those who would work better.

Senior actress and former MP Jaya Prada also cast her vote. Mohan Babu said she flew in from Delhi at his request to participate in the voting.

Genelia D’Souza, who had been staying away from Telugu films following her marriage to Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh, also came to Hyderabad to cast her vote. She said MAA will soon have a “super president”.

There was mild tension at the polling booth when the Vishnu panel members alleged that the opposite side was campaigning inside the booth. Shiva Balaji tried to stop a member of the Prakash Raj panel who was allegedly giving away dummy ballots to voters. There was a heated argument between the two groups. Temperatures came down after police intervention.

Mohan Babu also took exception to the Prakash Raj panel campaigning inside the booth. He urged voters to leave in five minutes after exercising their franchise. There was also a heated argument between Shiva Balaji and Hema.

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MAA Elections: Naga Babu comes to support Prakash Raj

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The prestigious MAA Elections will take place on October 10th in Hyderabad. There is a tough fight happening between the panels of Prakash Raj and Manchu Vishnu. Mega actor Naga Babu came out to support the panel of Prakash Raj and he addressed the media about the MAA Elections. He expressed his confidence in Prakash Raj delivering his promises made for MAA. He clarified that Prakash Raj is one of the finest actors of Indian cinema and he wants to take the responsibility of MAA despite packed schedules as an actor.

“Prakash Raj is one of the busiest actors of Telugu cinema. I asked him directly if he can dedicate time for MAA if elected as President. He replied that he is ready to lose films to work for MAA. There are people commenting that Prakash Raj is a Karnataka actor but this is not true. He is an actor who represents Indian cinema and not a single language. We have to support him as he wants to take this responsibility which is quite tough. Manchu Vishnu questioned if Prakash Raj stands in support of Pawan Kalyan or in the support of Tollywood. I am not sure about his thoughts. MAA will reach new heights only after Prakash Raj will work for three terms. He came up with different plans for the association and we are here to support him” told Naga Babu.

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Prakash Raj takes on Vishnu Manchu in direct fight for MAA president

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The battle lines are drawn for the October 10 elections for Movie Artistes Association (MAA), the apex body of Tollywood.

With CVL Narasimha Rao and K. Shravan Kumar withdrawing their nominations, actor Prakash Raj is locked in a direct fight with Vishnu Manchu for the post of MAA president.

A total of 56 candidates are in the fray for elections to 26-member body of MAA. Election officer Krishna Mohan announced the final list of candidates after the withdrawal of nominations.

Babu Mohan and Srikanth will vie for the post of MAA executive president. For the two posts of vice-presidents, actor-producer Madhala Ravi and comedian Prithviraj Bali Reddy are contesting from Vishnu panel. From Prakash Raj’s panel, Benerjee and Hema are in the fray for the same posts.

For the key post of general secretary, Jeevita Rajasekhar is contesting as a candidate from Prakash Raj’s panel. She is locked in a direct fight with Raghu Babu from Vishnu’s panel.

Bandla Ganesh had also filed his nomination for the post but withdrew from the contest on the advice of industry elders.

For the post of treasure, actor Siva Balaji (Vishnu’s panel) is pitted against Nagineedu (Prakash Raj Panel).

Character actor Karate Kalyani and comedian Gautham Raju from Vishnu’s panel will be testing their fortunes for the post of joint secretaries. Uttej, Anit Chowdary and Bacchala Srinivas are also in the fray for the two posts.

A total of 39 candidates are in the fray for 18 posts of executive members. The candidates from Vishnu’s panel for these posts are Archana (Veda), Ashok Kumar, Geeta Singh, Harinath Babu, Jayavani, Malakpeta Shailaja, Manik, Poojitha, Rajeshwari Reddy, Rekha, Sampoornesh Babu, Shashank, Sivannarayana, Silakshmi, P. Srinivasulu, Swapna Madhu, Vishnu Bopanna and M.R.C. Vadlapatla.

Prakash Raj panel includes Srikanth, Uttej, Anasuya, Ajay, Bhopal, Brahmaji, ETV Prabhakar, Govind Rao, Khayyum, Kaushik, Pragathi, Ramanareddy, Sridhar Rao, Shivareddy, Sameer, Sudigali Sudhir, Subbaraju, Suresh Kondetti, Tanish, and Tarzan.

More than 900 movie artists will cast their votes on October 10. Electronic Voting Machines will be used for the polling to be held at Jubliee Public School in Film Nagar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Results will be announced the same evening.

Prakash Raj was the first to announce his panel and he has been actively campaigning. He also received support from actors Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Hema, who dropped their plans to contest against him and joined his panel.

“I came here to serve the film industry. I want to serve my fellow artistes and industry people,” Prakash Raj had said while announcing his panel

Prakash Raj, who unsuccessfully contested as an independent candidate in 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Bengaluru Central, made cautious manoeuvres to win the support of many. He urged the MAA members to cast their conscience vote.

“#MaaElections2021… Your vote is your voice.. The welfare of MAA is our viewpoint. Let’s vote with conscience and ensure the victory of MAA aspirations,” the actor tweeted after filing his nomination last week.

It also includes Uttej as Joint Secretary, Banerjee as Vice President, Hema as Vice President, Srikanth as Executive Vice President, and Jeevitha Rajasekhar as General Secretary.

Tollywood sources say Prakash Raj has considerably bright chances of winning the election as MAA president. He enjoys the backing of Megastar Chiranjeevi and his family members.

On the other hand, Vishnu received the support from outgoing president Naresh, who criticized Prakash Raj.

“In the 25 years history of MAA, have you cast your vote at least once? Did you attend any general body meeting,” he asked Prakash Raj.

In 2019, actor-producer Naresh was elected as MAA president, defeating Shivaji Raja, who was contesting for second consecutive term

On the Naresh panel, Jeevitha Rajasekhar was elected as general secretary while her husband actor Rajasekhar was elected as executive vice-president.

Naresh said though one year of his term was wasted because of Covid-19 pandemic, he worked efficiently for the welfare of all. He alleged that some outsiders influenced about 11 members and blocked the welfare works for under privileged artists.

He claimed that for the first time in MAA history, his panel provided insurance for 900 members. “If any member died, we ensured the insurance money of Rs 3 lakh reached the deceased family,” he said.

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MAA Elections: Bandla Ganesh shocks Prakash Raj

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The other day, Prakash Raj interacted with the press and announced his panel for MAA Elections. The veteran actor also revealed why he took them into his panel. Bandla Ganesh was the first to shock Prakash Raj after he announced that he will no more be a part of the panel. Without leaving the issue here, Bandla Ganesh announced that he would contest for the position of General Secretary which was reserved for Jeevitha Rajasekhar from Prakash Raj’s panel. Bandla Ganesh said that he is unhappy with Jeevitha joining the panel who insulted Mega family several times in the past.

Prakash Raj announced Bandla Ganesh as the official spokesperson for his panel and Bandla Ganesh was left in shock after he saw Jeevitha’s name in the panel. He expressed his confidence in winning the polls as the General Secretary in the MAA Elections. He also promised 100 two BHK houses for the poor actors of Tollywood. Prakash Raj is yet to respond about Bandla Ganesh’s turn.

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MAA Elections: Prakash Raj’s clever move

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The prestigious MAA Elections are expected to take place next month and Prakash Raj, Manchu Vishnu, Hema and Jeevitha Rajasekhar announced that they would contest in the polls for the role of MAA President. Harsh words were exchanged between them and Tollywood top celebrities had to intervene in the issue to control the situations. Prakash Raj called for a press meet last evening and the veteran actor announced his panel members. His clever moves are now the talk of Tollywood.

Prakash Raj himself revealed that he convinced the other contestants Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Hema. They are offered prominent places in his panel and he thanked them for their support. Prakash Raj also selected several actors from Telugu cinema who are efficient enough to handle MAA. He announced their names along with their strengths and the reason why he picked them for the panel. The actor also revealed that he would announce more updates once the date for the election is announced.

Prakash Raj also responded about Manchu Vishnu announcing to construct the building of MAA. He replied saying that there are several other issues of MAA to be sorted out before that. He also said that he alone cannot pool resources for MAA building and he will take it as a team effort after the elections.

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Surgery successful, will be back soon: Prakash Raj

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Actor Prakash Raj, who was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after sustaining an injury, said on Wednesday that his health is better and he will be back in action soon.

The actor took to Twitter to post a health update for his fans.

Posting a picture from his hospital bed, the actor said: “The devil is back… successful surgery… thank you dear friend Dr #guruvareddy and thank you all for your love n prayers.. back in action soon.”

On Tuesday, the actor had sustained a small fracture after he suffered a fall following which he was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad.

The senior actor is known to dabble between multiple language industries and is popular with his body of work.

The actor was recently seen in the Tamil anthology “Navarasa”.

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Prakash Raj suffers minor injuries

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Vetera actor Prakash Raj has been shooting for Dhanush’s film in Chennai and the actor suffered minor injuries on the sets of the film. Prakash Raj flew to Hyderabad today and he will undergo a minor surgery for his fracture. Top doctor Guruva Reddy will conduct the surgery this evening. Prakash Raj took his social media page to inform about the accident. Prakash Raj is one of the busiest and highest paid actors of South Indian cinema.

In Tollywood, Prakash Raj is shooting for Krishna Vamsi’s Rangamarthanda. He is also playing an important role in Allu Arjun’s Pushpa and Mahesh Babu’s Sarkaru Vaari Paata. He is done with the shoots of Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe, KGF: Chapter 2 and Adivi Sesh’ Major.

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Prakash Raj responds about MAA Elections

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Veteran actor Prakash Raj announced that he would contest in the MAA Elections for President. Manchu Vishnu, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Hema are the other contestants and the election heat is on even before three months. Prakash Raj interacted with the media today in Filmnagar Cultural Centre, Hyderabad along with his panel. There are speculations that Prakash Raj sought the support of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Responding about this, Prakash Raj questioned why Chiranjeevi’s name was dragged into the issue for a small election that has 800 active members.

He said that the decision was not made recently and he decided to contest in MAA Elections a year ago. “Whoever wins in the elections, we will work together. I have been insulted several times with the remark of non-local. I completed my silver jubilee in Telugu cinema recently. There would no chance for the word non-local in film industry. Me and my panel will not conduct any press meets and will not be active till the elections commence. We are against the debates” told Prakash Raj during his press meet.

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