‘Lady Amitabh’ Vijayashanti elected to Lok SabhaMay 16th, 2009 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Popular Telugu actress M. Vijayashanti of the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) was elected to the Lok Sabha from Medak constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
Lady Amitabh, the nickname she earned for her roles in several films, defeated C. Narendranath of the Congress by over 6,000 votes.
The TRS has retained the seat. In 2004, A. Narendra of the TRS was elected from Medak. He was expelled from the party in 2007.
Vijayashanti had merged her Talli Telangana party with the TRS a few weeks before the elections. This is the first time she has been elected to parliament.
The 45-year-old actress, whose film career spans over three decades, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1997. She served as the national general secretary of the BJP’s women wing.
The actress quit the BJP in 2005 to float the Talli Telangana to fight for separate statehood to the Telangana region.
Another veteran actress Jayasudha was elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly as a Congress candidate. She defeated Telugu Desam party (TDP) leader and sitting legislator T. Srinivas by 3,400 votes in Secunderabad in the state capital.
Popular actress Roja of the TDP, however, lost the polls in Chandragiri assembly constituency in Chittoor district. She was defeated by state minister G. Aruna Kumari.
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