National award winning Malayalam actor Salim Kumar has resigned from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) protesting against its members violating the 'unwritten election code of conduct' of the association. 

 

 Salim Kumar sent his resignation letter to AMMA gen. secretary Mammootty pointing out that actor Mohanlal violated the unwritten rule of the association by campaigning for KB Ganeshkumar. 

 

Actor Mohanlal had participated in the poll campaign of film star and former minister KB Ganeshkumar at Pathanapuram on Thursday. What apparently irked Salim Kumar is that the violation of the general agreement in AMMA that its members should keep away from campaigning in constituencies where fellow actors are contesting each other. 

 

In Pathanapuram the fight is between three Malayalam film stars. While Ganeshkumar is seeking another term, his main rival is actor Jagadeesh, who is contesting on a Congress ticket. BJP fielded Bhiman Raghu, another film star there. 

 

 Actor Jagadeesh, the Congress candidate at Pathanapuram, told me that Mohanla's campaign for his rival pained him, Salim Kumar said. Jagadeesh and Raghu are also members of Amma. Mohanlal is a leader of the association and his campaign for Ganesh would have pained Raghu as well, he added.

 

There is no point in continuing in the association, said Salim Kumar, who was never shy of admitting his allegiance to Congress. 

 

Earlier, a group of film and television serial actors and actresses, including KPAC Lalitha, had campaigned for KB Ganesh Kumar in the constituency.