I Will Definitely Contest Elections: Amma’s Niece

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Chennai: Staking her claim to J Jayalalithaa’s legacy, her niece Deepa Jayakumar on Tuesday attacked Sasikala Natarajan, asking how a person whose only qualification was being close to a Chief Minister for 33 years can lay claim to the office.

“To become a Chief Minister, being with someone for 33 years is not a qualification,” Jayakumar, 42, told media.

“It’s very sad. People have not voted to her,” she said, echoing what the Opposition and even many within the AIADMK have been asking.

“There is instability in Tamil Nadu. People are worried,” Jayakumar said as she also announced plans to contest the next election in the state.

“I think a democratically elected leader would be the best choice for the state. If I am going to be a leader, I’ll definitely be democratically elected. I will be contesting elections,” she said.
“I will make Tamil Nadu the best state in the whole of Asia. I will not betray the people who believed in me and supported me,” Jayakumar said.

On Apollo Hospital clearing the air on Jayalalithaa’s death on Monday, Jayakumar said she has been asking for her medical records for long.

“From Day One, I was asking the hospital to allow me inside but the hospital denied and they never allowed me, never got in touch with me,” she said.