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|October 7, 1999||
Most stars fail to dazzle voters
Seven of the sixteen personalities from the southern movie world who tried their luck at the hustings have won.
Telugu matinee idol U V Krishnamraju and popular Kannada film actor Ambareesh were elected to the Lok Sabha. Krishnamraju won from Narasapur in Andhra Pradesh. He had won last time from Kakinada.
Ambareesh scored a resounding victory from Mandya in Karnataka. Ambareesh won as the Congress candidate this time. He had won on the Janata Dal ticket last time.
Another actor to get elected to the Lok Sabha was Sashikumar from Chitradurga in Karnataka.
Popular film-maker D Rama Naidu won the Bapatla Lok Sabha seat. Celebrated character actor Kota Srinivasa of the BJP has won the Vijayawada East assembly seat. However, well known actress T Sarada and actress-director Vijayanirmala (both of the TDP) failed to make it to the assembly.
The Election Commission has ordered recounting in the Koratagere assembly constituency in Karnataka where the actress Jayanthi was in the fray.
For the first time a popular film actor from Kerala almost made it to Parliament. Murali, nominated by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, gave a tough fight in the Alappuzha constituency but the impeccable credentials -- rare in today's political milieu -- of the Congress stalwart V M Sudheeran finally tilted the scales against him.
Film glamour no longer seems to work its magic in Tamil Nadu. Relatively less known actors Chandrasekhar and Mansoor Ali Khan and film producer Mukta Srinivasan lost the race to the Lok Sabha.
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