Nadigar Sangam election ends with high drama, Nadigar Sangam elections underway in Mylapore, with 51% turn out, Tamil Star Voting. The run-up to this year’s election was mired in controversy as the Registrar of Societies had cancelled the elections citing irregularities in the electoral roll. The long-awaited polling for the 'Nadigar Sangam' or the South Indian Artistes Association kicked off on Sunday in Mylapore.
Election for the South Indian Film Artistes Association is being held in Chennai today. In one of the most fiercely fought contests, nearly 3,000 actors and artistes are voting in the polls for the ''Nadigar Sangam'', the association of film, television and stage actors from the Tamil film and entertainment industry.
Superstar Rajinikanth, who is out of town on a shoot, tweeted that he will be unable to cast his vote as he received his papers for postal votes late. "I am currently shooting in Mumbai. I regret that I was unable to cast my vote because of this delay. It is strange and unfortunate. This should not have happened," Rajinikanth tweeted on Saturday evening. Actors Vijay, Kamal Haasan, Sivakarthikeyan, Arya, Suriya, Vivekh, Prakash Raj, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, K.R. Vijaya, Ambika and Radha were among those who cast their votes.
A heavy posse of police were deployed at the venue and the elections took place amidst tight security. Members of the sangam were allowed inside the venue only after they showed their membership card. The ballot boxes were moved from the venue to a private bank in the city and they will be there still counting.