The general body meeting of the South Indian Film Artistes Association happened at the Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai recently. Speaking to the media persons soon after the meeting, its President Nasser revealed that everyone present at the meeting had unanimously agreed to postpone the elections by six months.
The tenure of the present members will end on October 18 but it has been agreed to extend it for another six months. This will be done according to the by-laws of the Nadigar Sangam. The Nadigar Sangam complex is being built and a grand re-opening ceremony is being planned in March next year. It looks like the current team will be holding on to their positions until then to ensure a smooth process.
Addressing the press, Ponvannan, the Vice President of the Sangam, said that the 35-crore project will be completed by March 2019 and everything is done according to the laws. He added that various cultural programs are being planned to collect funds for the building construction.
Vishal, the General Secretary, revealed that a huge auditorium is being built at the Nadigar Sangam complex and is sure that the next General Body meeting would be held there and he also added that additional 20 crores is required to complete the construction of the building.
Karthi, the Treasurer of the Sangam, said that it would not be possible to sign cheques for three months if the elections are announced and that means the construction will have to stop. He added that it was the right move to postpone the elections by six months as it would ensure stability.
The members also revealed that the decision to postpone the elections would be binding on the members that did not attend the general body meeting.
Senior member actors Anandraj and S Ve Sekar, raised concerns about the postponement of the election, while interacting with the media Sekar said, "According to our of Nadigar Sangam bylaw it is a rule that every three years once the elections should take place and the office-bearers themselves can’t extend their term. I have been a member of the organisation from the eighties. Their decision to remove me is not valid. I’m fighting it legally and I’m here today to fight for my rights as an actor and long-standing member of the film community".
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