Post-Jaya era in Tamil Nadu… niece claims her legacy

RSTV Bureau
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar addessing the press conferance at her residence in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar addessing the press conferance at her residence in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016.
Photo – PTI

As the AIADMK looks to pave its future under the leadership of new General Secretary Sasikala, the entry of Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has added to internal dynamics of the party. Ms Jayakumar also expressed her willingness to contest the polls.

With a section of AIADMK workers sporting banners and hailing her as Jaya’s political heir, Deepa Jayakumar said that she cannot accept AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala.

“I cannot accept anyone apart from Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma…I don’t accept anyone in her (Jayalalithaa’s) place,” she said when asked if she accepted VK Sasikala or opposed her.

Receiving scores of AIADMK cadre at her residence on the birth centenary of AIADMK founder M.G.
Ramchandran today, she paid floral tributes at the memorial of MGR.

Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala releases manifesto of party founder the late M G Ramachandran on his 100th birth anniversary celebration, at party headquarters in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala releases manifesto of party founder the late M G Ramachandran on his 100th birth anniversary celebration, at party headquarters in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016.
Photo – PTI

With her announcement of entry into the politics, her supporters gathered in large number outside her residence bursting crackers and distributing sweets. Once again reiterating that she cannot accept Sasikala, Jayakumar said, “my views are based on only what people want. There is nothing personal.”

VK Sasikala, Jayalaithaa’s long-time aide was coronated as her successor soon after her demise earlier last month. Nearly all the party legislators and MPs had thrown weight behind Sasikala, including Chief Minister O Panneraselvam.

Terming the decision to name Sasikala to the top post as “very quick”, Deepa Jayakumar claimed that “views of many have been ignored.”

“I am like her in resemblance and heart,” she said as the press jostled to get her reply on the question if she will contest polls and that too from the RK Nagar assembly seat, which fell vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa.

“I will fight elections… I cannot say which constituency and which is why I am embarking on a tour to get people’s opinion,” was her reply.

(With inputs from the PTI)