Actor-producer Manchu Vishnu, who was elected president of Tollywood’s influential trade physique, Film Artists Affiliation (MAA), on Sunday, has claimed that megastar Chiranjeevi wished him to withdraw from the competition in favour of character actor Prakash Raj. Addressing a information convention right here on Monday, Vishnu revealed that Chiranjeevi had advised his father, Mohan Babu, to advise him to tug out as Prakash Raj was contesting for the highest MAA put up. Vishnu made this revelation hours after Prakash Raj and Chiranjeevi’s brother, Naga Babu, resigned from the MAA following a bitterly contested election.
Each Prakash Raj and Naga Babu stated they have been pained by the regional sentiments stirred up within the run-up to the elections. Vishnu stated he would persuade each Prakash Raj and Naga Babu to proceed within the MAA, for he wanted their “useful recommendation” to discharge his duties as MAA president.
Vishnu didn’t agree with Prakash Raj, who’s from Karnataka, that he was defeated as a result of he not a Telugu ‘bidda’. The younger actor identified that 274 MAA members had voted for Prakash Raj and most of them have been Telugu.
Vishnu additionally denied that his panel had promised to amend MAA bye-laws to cease non-Telugu members from contesting the elections.
Within the elections held on Sunday, Vishnu was elected MAA president defeating Prakash Raj by 109 votes. He polled 383 votes, in contrast with the 274 garnered by his rival. The Vishnu panel additionally gained all the important thing posts, barring government vice-president, which was bagged by actor Srikanth of the Prakash Raj panel.
Within the elections held for the 18 Govt Committee members, the Vishnu panel bagged 10 seats and the opposing camp gained the remaining eight.
Claiming that MAA is one household, Vishna stated he had been given an opportunity to serve family members. He stated that those that have been elected from the opposite panel have been additionally members of the MAA household. “I really like Prakash Raj. We stated so many issues throughout the elections, however the previous is the previous,” he stated.
Vishnu additionally remarked that actor Ram Charan has not voted for him. “I’m 99 per cent certain as a result of Charan will stand by his father (Chiranjeevi), identical to I help my father,” the newly elected MAA president stated.
Vishnu gave credit score for his victory to Mohan Babu. “Everybody within the trade stated that allow us vote for Mohan Babu’s son. That is why I’ve gained,” he stated. He additionally thanked the outgoing MAA president, Naresh, for his help.
Mohan Babu, in the meantime, reacted by saying that some folks had tried to impress him. He warned them to not assume that he would stay silent. “You need to say no matter you want simply since you received a platform. I’ve many issues to say, however this isn’t the platform,” he stated.
The veteran actor stated that the MAA ought to search the help of the chief ministers of each Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.