Jayalalithaa was alone despite lakhs of followers, says her 'niece'

Jayalalithaa had revealed her loneliness to Amrutha during a visit at Poes Garden

Jayalalithaa was alone despite lakhs of followers, says her

Amrutha, daughter of Bangalore Shylaja, who claimed to be former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s sister, has said despite being surrounded by lakhs of followers, the politician led a lonely life.

Talking to a Bengaluru-based newspaper, Amrutha said she met Jayalalithaa thrice between 1996 and 1998 at Poes Garden.

It was during one of those visits that Jaya had revealed her loneliness to her niece.

Amrutha said after Sasikala’s involvement, Jayalalithaa kept distance from relatives.

Jayalalithaa did not like to talk about her relatives to public.

She also was not happy to see her sister, Shylaja, being interviewed by media. Periyamma (Jayalalithaa) asked Shylaja not to be present before media, Amrutha added.

It was in June 2014 that Amrutha visited Jaya for the last time.

"It was an unforgettable meeting. We used to talk in Kannada," Amrutha recalled.

Shylaja, a Bengaluru native, had claimed that she was sister of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, Shylaja and Jayakumar were siblings and their parents were actress Sandhyarani and Jayaraman, she had claimed. She had also alleged that Jayalalithaa was aware of her sister in Bengaluru and never tried to help.