My entry into politics can't be stopped: Deepa Jayakumar

Supporters have been thronging her residence, urging her to enter politics and carry forward her aunt Jayalalithaa�s work.

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A month after her aunt and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passed away, Deepa Jayakumar has hinted at her entry into politics, saying it was inevitable.

“My entry into politics cannot be stopped,” she told supporters who had gathered at her Thyagaraya Nagar residence here, according to a report in The Financial Express and indicated she would let know of her decision soon.

However, she refrained from elaborating on her political plans and waved the victory sign to supporters from the balcony of her house. Supporters have been thronging her residence, urging her to enter politics and carry forward Jayalalithaa’s work.

Deepa is the daughter of Jayalalithaa’s only brother the late Jayakumar.

She caught media attention recently when she alleged that she was not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised for 75 days. Deepa had urged her supporters on December 29 to be calm until she announced her decision.

Appealing the AIADMK cadre to desist from putting up her photos on banners and posters, she had said: “In the current scenario, loyal followers of MGR and Jayalalithaa should desist from starting unnecessary controversies. I will announce my decision at the right time. I assure you that I will move in the path paved by Jayalalithaa.”

Disgruntled AIADMK cadres and opponents of party general secretary VK Sasikala across Tamil Nadu are launching forums in support of Deepa Jayakumar, claiming that she was the “real political heir” of the late leader.

Recently a forum named ‘Deepa Peravai’ of about 100 party workers was formed in Coimbatore and they put up a large flex board, with pictures of former Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa and Deepa.

Similar support was recently extended to Deepa and there was opposition to Sasikala in parts of the state, including in Salem and Tiruchirappalli, by small groups of party workers. In Tiruchirapalli, the workers had unveiled ‘double rose’ as the forum symbol in contrast to AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.

Meanwhile, some boards erected in support of Sasikala were found damaged at some places in Tirupur recently.

Sections of AIADMK cadres and supporters of Deepa had staged a black flag protest in Cuddalore, the day Sasikala took over as general secretary of the party. They had claimed that Sasikala was chosen to the top post against the party’s rules and regulations.