Jayalalithaa’s Niece Deepa To Enter Politics, Announcement On Feb 24

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister late J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar on Tuesday confirmed that she will make her foray into the Tamil Nadu politics. Deepa announced that a landmark announcement will be made on February 24, incidentally which happens to be Amma’s birthday. She also mentioned that a section of AIADMK cadres are already welcoming her.

Jayakumar, however, denied reports of BJP extending their support to her.  “There are many rumours being spread just to defame me, and people don’t know the reality,” she said. She refused to take on newly anointed AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan, but said that she cannot accept anyone in Jayalalithaa’s position. Jayakumar also stated that she won’t lay claim to Jayalalithaa’s assets.

Earlier in the day, she paid homage to AIADMK founder MGR at his memorial at Marina beach. The party is celebrating his 100th birth anniversary. Posters of Jayakumar, in which she bears a close resemblance to Jayalalithaa, have been put up by her supporters last week.

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When Jayalalithaa was admitted at Apollo Hospitals Chennai, Jayakumar was allegedly not allowed to meet her aunt. Jayakumar is the daughter of Jayalalithaa’s brother. There were reports of friction within the family after Jayalalithaa adopted Sasikala’s nephew. She apparently did not meet Jayalithaa since 2007.