If Sasikala becomes Tamil Nadu CM, it will be similar to military takeover: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar

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Updated: February 4, 2017 6:58:59 PM

In what is seen as a visible power shift at the top of Tamil Nadu government, speculations about VS Sasikala becoming the new chief minister of the state is making the headlines lately.

Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, VS Sasikala, New Tamil Nadu CM, TN Power Chief, O Panneerselvam, AIADMK, Jayalalithaa In what is seen as a visible power shift at the top of Tamil Nadu government, speculations about VS Sasikala becoming the new chief minister of the state is making the headlines lately. (Source: ANI)

In what is seen as a visible power shift at the top of Tamil Nadu government, speculations about VS Sasikala becoming the new chief minister of the state is making the headlines lately. However, late J. Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar seems unhappy with the notion. In her latest interaction with India Today TV channel, she said that she is totally against it and neither people of Tamil Nadu are going to accept this. “I would never imagine of something bad as this happen to the people of Tamil Nadu,” she said comparing it to be as similar as a ‘military take-over’ and not a democratic decision at all.

Deepa, last month made an official announcement of entering into politics on the centenary birth anniversary of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran. She had also said, “I will make my next announcement on Jayalalithaa’s birthday.” Talking to media, she said that all plans will depend on her supporters. She had also said that a lot of changes have happened in Tamil Nadu politics over the recent past. She also claimed that people, especially young people demanded that she should enter politics. “I wish to protect the belief that people have placed on me,” Deepa added.

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