Sasikala, Deepa face-off makes ripples in AIADMK
On Sunday, some AIADMK members put up a big poster of Deepa at Kurich. The cadres said, they didn�t agree to AIADMK�s decision to make Sasikala as general secretary and also threatened to resign from party en masse. Challenging the official position of AIADMK, they said, they consider Deepa as �Junior Amma'
Recent poster wars between supporters of Sasikala and Jayalalitha’s niece Deepa Jayakumar have revealed the increasing rift in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK ) in Tamil Nadu over the who will become the sucessor of the former Chief Minister.
On Sunday, some AIADMK members, put up a big poster of Deepa at Kurich. The cadres said, they didn’t agree to AIADMK’s decision to make Sasikala as general secretary and also threatened to resign from party en masse. Challenging the official position of AIADMK, they said, they consider Deepa as ‘Junior Amma' adding that Deepa alone is eligible to take the reins of the party after the death of Jayalalithaa.
The incident has aggravated the on-going power tussle between the duo to control the party.
Soon after Jayalalithaa's death on December 5, Deepa has told media that she was not allowed to see the ailing Jayalalithaa when she was admitted in Apollo Hospital. She added that she had to wait over 8 hours at her aunt’s Poes Garden bungalow to see the body of the former Chief Minister.
She also termed party’s decision to appoint Sasikala as undemocratic and described it as "unfortunate." She predicted that it will lead to huge resentment from people and party supporters.
She also hinted at making her entry into politics, saying that she will join "if the people want her". However, she admitted that "No one from the party has contacted me or offered me any support." Political commentators said, it will not be an easy run for the political novice in the stormy Tamil Nadu politics, adding that she has to wage a tough battle against the Sasikala faction.
Currently, AIADMK is a divided house as the succession war between the duo, who claim to inherit Jayalalithaa’s legacy has been going on unabated.