This 12 months, Movie Artists Association (MAA) elections was a tightly fought contest. It noticed the panels headed by Prakash Raj and Vishnu Manchu buying and selling allegations and criticism throughout their campaigns. On the election day (October 10), the behaviour of the candidates left a lot to be desired.
Actress Hema, who contested for the submit of vice-president from Prakash Raj’s panel bit the arm of actor Siva Balaji, who was a candidate for the submit of treasurer from Vishnu Manchu’s panel. The incident left many shocked. However, Siva Balaji didn’t confront Hema and selected to let it slide.
Talking concerning the incident, Siva Balaji informed TOI, “We noticed a person, ostensibly a Prakash Raj panel supporter distributing pamphlets in the ‘no campaign’ area. We tried to stop him, but he fled. While this was happening, I put my hand on the railing and Hema bit me.”
Hema, on her half, mentioned, “Yes, I bit him. No one bites without any reason. I was angry that he was trying to prevent me from going to the rescue of a person who was being targeted.”
Actor Naresh, who served because the MAA president for 2019-20, supported Vishnu Manchu and his panel within the 2021 elections. He made gentle of the incident involving Siva Balaji and Hema. He mentioned, “Hema bit Siva Balaji (on his arm). Does anybody bite? I am not able to understand it! (laughs).”
Winners of MAA Elections 2021 embrace:
Vishnu Manchu – President
Raghu Babu – General secretary
Uttej and Gowtam Raju – Joint secretaries
Srikanth – Executive vice-president
Madala Ravi and Benarjee – Vice-presidents
Siva Balaji – Treasurer