Nadigar sangam elections deferred
The Registrar of Societies deferred the elections till such time when issues including those relating to list of members are resolved
The upcoming elections to The South Indian Artistes’ Association or Nadigar Sangam, which were scheduled to happen on June 23, have been stopped citing violation of rules of the Registrar of Societies of Tamil Nadu.
The Registrar of Societies deferred the elections till such time when issues including those relating to list of members are resolved. Even as campaign by actors peaked for the elections, the registrar, citing three key issues in his order, said, "In view of the said circumstances, holding elections is unacceptable, and hence, withholding poll process is ordered till such time all the issues are resolved."
Elections for the posts of president, two vice-presidents, general secretary, and treasurer were originally scheduled to be held on June 23. The polls were also to elect a 24-member executive committee.
The district registrar (administration), South Chennai, cited a representation from a section of members who alleged they have been removed from the list of eligible voters. The veracity of their complaints has to be ascertained and the list of eligible voters has to be prepared, he said in his order.
"The list of members pertaining to which year will be the basis for holding elections. This has to be looked into since the membership rolls for 2017-18 is pending consideration with district registrar," the official said.
The third issue was about the propriety of calling elections after the end of the current office-bearers' tenure. The three year (2015-18) tenure of the office-bearers ended in October 2018 and a general body meeting held on August 19, 2018 approved postponing the elections for six months beginning November 2018.
"Rather than holding polls within the extended time frame approved by the general body, the poll announcement has been made in a delayed manner," the order said.
Postponement of polls was for completing construction of the Nadigar Sangam building here, a key assurance made by the incumbent office bearers.
Christened Pandavar Ani, actors Nasser, Vishal and Karthi won the polls in 2015. While Nasser became the president, Vishal was elected general secretary and Karthi treasurer. Ponvannan and Karunas of their team were elected vice-presidents ending the dominance of actors led by Sarath Kumar in the Nadigar Sangam.
This time round, the Pandavar Ani is being challenged by the Sankaradas Ani, led by popular actor-director of yesteryear Bhagyaraj. The group is named after Swami Sankaradas, a doyen and pioneer of the Tamil theatre of the late 19th and early 20th century in Tamil Nadu.
Bhagyaraj said they were looking into the next course of action in view of the order. Poochi Murugan of Vishal team, meanwhile, alleged "political" motives behind deferment of polls and said they were contemplating going to court.
The Madras High Court had earlier suggested that Nadigar Sangam may go in for another premises to hold its polls since police submitted that a college here chosen for elections may not be an appropriate location.
Earlier in the day, Vishal called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit and submitted a petition seeking fair polls and adequate security for elections.