Election to the Nadigar Sangam, one of the most influential entities in Tamil Nadu representing film and theatre artistes, was won by the rival team, Pandavar Ani, defeating the incumbent president Sarath Kumar and general secretary Radha Ravi.
While Nasser, an actor known for his progressive stand, defeated actor-cum-politician Sarath Kumar with 1,344 votes against 1,231, Radha Ravi — actor and brother-in-law of Sarath Kumar — was also defeated by Vishal, a 38-year-old Tamil actor, who led the team challenging the incumbent dispensation.
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While both Nasser and Vishal won the top posts of the film body, all other candidates of Pandavar Ani were leading at the time of filing this report. Vishal was elected as Nadigar Sangam general secretary, with 1,445 votes against 1,138 votes of Radha Ravi.
The election with nearly 3,000 voters, was keenly followed throughout the city.
Earlier in the day, actor Vishal was allegedly manhandled by Sarath Kumar and his men inside the booth. Immediately after the mild scuffle, Vishal was rushed for medical help. Sarath Kumar, however, denied the allegation.
The election, which was monitored by the High Court appointed retired judge E Padmanabhan, registered a turnout of more than 83 per cent.