Hyderabad: Prakash Raj has rubbished the news that has come up in some sections of media that stated he has plans to set up a new artistes’ association tentatively (ATMAA) All Telugu Movie Artistes’ Association.
“News has been popping up somewhere that I am planning to set up a new association with the names ATMAA .. prethatma.. Paramatma. I’ve no such plans whatsoever. I’ve come here to respond on the problems of MAA association. If needed, we would collectively work with elected members of MAA but I’ve no plans to set up a new association with my 10 members.
Our panel members have resigned to their respective posts because there is no cordial atmosphere to work with the elected panel. If I am won or lost the election, I would continue to question. I would seek a progress report from Manchu Vishnu every month. We will not hamper the work that elected panel is intended to do,” he said.
Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn of events, Prakash Raj, along with his panel members (MAA Biddalu), on Tuesday resigned collectively from their respective posts to ensure that the newly-elected panel with Manchu Vishnu as the association president functioned without any hurdles.
It may be recalled that Vishnu won the president’s post with the majority of 100 votes against his opponent Prakash Raj. Later, Prakash Raj and Nagababu resigned to their MAA membership stating that the association is filled with narrow-mindedness and regional feelings.
On Tuesday, Prakash Raj, along with his panel members, spoke to the media alleging that cross-voting took place in the elections. He said he has been discussing with his panel to arrive at a decision after witnessing severe injustice during the counting of votes.
Postal ballot voting was unfair, the results and the numbers have gone upside down overnight, he said. Prakash Raj said his members and supporters would come out of the association and stand by the members who elected them in the polls.
“I have resigned from MAA primary membership. Manchu Vishnu said that he would not accept it. But on one condition, I would withdraw my resignation – only if the Vishnu assures that the by-laws of MAA to ‘stop non-Telugu members from contesting the elections in the future’ would not be amended after being sworn in as president.
I don’t want to be a member of MAA just to vote and elect someone,” Prakash Raj said.