In a bid to fight for J Jayalalithaa’s legacy, her niece, Deepa launched a new political forum on Friday, the 69th birth anniversary of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister.
Deepa addressed a press conference at her home where she said her political journey had “begun” with the newly named political front ‘MGR AMMA Deepa Forum’.
Deepa said the people desired that she contest from R K Nagar constituency that fell vacant following the demise of the late AIADMK supremo.
Deepa also hit out at the jailed party chief Sasikala saying she does not deserve to be in Amma’s place.
“Certainly not good for the people because this kind of takeover(by Sasikala camp), this kind of hijacking the party is absolutely not acceptable for anyone, especially the cadre of AIADMK because their wishes have been totally ignored,” said Deepa.
Jayalalithaa’s nephew Deepak Jayakumar, who was once a supporter of Sasikala, now said her attempt to become the chief minister was “unacceptable” to the people of Tamil Nadu, while claiming that the late AIADMK chief had left behind her properties to him and his sister.
He claimed that the former chief minister had bequeathed her properties, including her Veda Nilayam bungalow in Poes Garden here, to his sister Deepa and him, by leaving behind a will.
Meanwhile, rival factions within the in ruling AIADMK continued to hit out at each other.
In a veiled attack on rebel Panneerselvam, Sasikala said, “When enemies and traitors wanted to defeat the party and the government, Amma’s soul guided us and has put up the AIADMK government in the seat of power.”
“Let us vow to protect the party, and work for the people,” Sasikala said in her letter published in today’s edition of party mouthpiece “Dr Namadhu MGR”.
Panneerselvam too hit back.
“Dharma Yudham will continue (to retrieve the party and government),” he said and reiterated his demand for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa.
Both factions provided welfare assistance across Tamil Nadu to mark Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary.
Sasikala was set to become chief minister succeeding Pannerselvam but the Supreme Court verdict in the disproportionate assets case dashed her hopes.