I cannot accept Sasikala in Amma's place: Jaya's niece Deepa
Taking a political plunge and indicating that she may float a political party, Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Tuesday made it clear she cannot accept AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala.
On the birth centenary of AIADMK founder M G Ramchandran on Tuesday, she received scores of AIADMK cadre at her residence. She said she would disclose her political roadmap on February 24, the birth anniversary of ‘Amma’.
Soon after she announced her entry into politics, her supporters who had gathered in large number residence burst crackers and distributed sweets.
Her residence sported banners hailing her as the heir of Jayalalithaa and the entire neighbourhood was teeming with hundreds of her supporters hindering traffic.
Asked if she accepted V K Sasikala or opposed her, she said,"I cannot accept anyone apart from Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma...I don't accept anyone in her (Jayalalithaa's) place."
On why she cannot accept Sasikala when leaders had done so and if she had any personal issues with her, she said,"my views are based on only what people want. There is nothing personal."
To a question on Sasikala, she said, she was "not afraid of anyone, but it is not in my nature to make personal comments."
TN celebrates MGR's birth centenary
AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala and Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were at the forefront of the birth centenary celebrations of their party founder, the late M G Ramachandran on Tuesday.
Sasikala led the celebrations at the party headquarters here where she garlanded a statue of Ramachandran, a former matinee idol who later went on to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and also released a souvenir. She gave away welfare assistance to many persons.
Sasikala later visited Ramachandran's Ramavaram residence here, where she was received by the leader's adopted daughter Sudha Vijayakumar and her son.
In the presence of Panneerselvam, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and others, she unfurled the party flag there and also unveiled a life-sized statue of MGR, as Ramachandran is fondly addressed.