Tamil Nadu crisis: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar to take call on contesting election from RK Nagar constituency

By: | Updated: February 24, 2017 5:15 PM

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar has today said that she may take a call on contesting election from her RK Nagar constituency.

There were reports that Deepa is likely to launch her political party.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar has today said that she may take a call on contesting election from her RK Nagar constituency. The seat was held by late Jayalalithaa before she passes away on December 5 last year. Commenting on the ongoing tussle within AIADMK, she said that the recent development in the party was quite unfortunate. Speaking on newly elected Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deepa said that he was not the person people wanted as chief minister of the state.

Earlier in the day, Speaking to India Today she also added that she was not interested in Poes Garden where her aunt used to live. The Times Now also quoted her as saying that she was planning to contest from her constituency. During the interview she also denied joining hands with O Pannerselvam. There were reports that Deepa is likely to launch her political party today even as people and politicos across Tamil Nadu on Friday led the nation in paying rich tributes to late Chief Minister of the state on her 69th birth anniversary. According to media reports, Deepa is eager to launch her political outfit and has decided not to go with former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. A few days ago, however, she had said that she was ready to work with Panneerselvam in the future.

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When asked if it was her official entry into politics, Jayakumar said,” Yes, it is.” It will be interesting to see what eventually spans out. On the eve of the late Jayalalithaa’s birthday, AIADMK chief V K Sasikala had said she was feeling “lonely” in the absence of her predecessor and long-time friend. In a message to party workers, Sasikala, serving a jail term in connection with a Disproportionate Assets case, urged them to tirelessly serve the public and uphold Jayalalithaa’s fame.

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