Chennai, January 18

Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on Tuesday confirmed that she would make her foray into state politics and said that she can’t accept anyone else in Jayalalithaa’s position.

Addressing a press conference in Chennai on Tuesday, Deepa said that the announcement in this regard will be made on February 24, which happens to be Jayalalithaa’s birthday. She said a decision on contesting the polls would be taken after discussing with her supporters and followers in AIADMK.

 “I have 2 options, one is to join AIADMK or to float a new party, will discuss with my supporters before making a decision,” she said. Without naming Sasikala Natarajan, Deepa asserted that she “cannot accept anyone else in Jayalalithaa’s position.”

Deepa Jayakumar

Anti-Sasikala group on AIADKM is reportedly supporting Deepa’s leadership. They said she is the only one who can fight against Sasikala and they also believe that Deepa would get public support.

AIADMK rebels are considering to revolt against Sasikala under the leadership of Deepa, according to sources.

Political analysts said the Tamil Nadu politics was taking unexpected turns. Deepa’s political entry may split the ruling AIADMK. The analysts were surprised to see the support both from public and party cadre to Deepa, who spent most of her time away from Jayalalithaa.

Several unions have already formed supporting Deepa Jayakumar. A youth organization ‘Jaya-Deepa Peravai’ was formed in Srirangam, whose constituency was represented by Jayalalithaa.

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