Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa floats her forum, to contest from RKNagar

J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa launched a new political forum while rival factions in ruling AIADMK provided welfare assistance across Tamil Nadu on her 69th birth anniversary today in an escalating fight for her legacy.

"'Amma Deepa Peravai' is the platform we launch formally today", said Deepa Jayakumar.

Deepa said that she will contest the polling from RJ Nagar seat which was vacated after the demise of Jayalalithaa on December 5 a year ago.

Deepak said Sasikala assuming the top post was "unacceptable" to the people of Tamil Nadu and asserted that party members did not favour T.T.V. Dinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary of AIADMK.

Deepak, who had earlier spoken against his sister Deepa, said she could have been a better choice for the role of the deputy general secretary. "People continuously expressing interest, I am definitely going to take that call & contest from RK Nagar", she said. This is Amma's first birth anniversary after her death in December 2016. The party name is "MGR Amma Deepa Peravai".

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on February 18 comfortably won the vote of confidence in the state Assembly, with the proceedings marred by pandemonium that saw the opposition DMK evicted by the Speaker, and the Congress too walked out. "My thoughts revolve around her. Let the events held to mark Amma's 69th birth anniversary be done with the intention of upholding her fame and with the wish that Amma's government should deliver more pro-people initiatives and serve them". In an interview to Times Now's Principal Correspondent Shabbir Ahmed, Deepa said, "I am starting a federation to consolidate AIADMK".

While speaking to TV news channels yesterday, Jayakumar questioned reinduction of Dinakaran, who is nephew of Sasikala, and S Venkatesh into the party.

On her role in the Forum, Deepa said that she has been appointed as "Treasurer" and details of the office bearers would be announced "shortly".

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