Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar to launch her party on Friday, say reports

The AIADMK now faces a challenge from the new political formation of Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar. He will also launch a "Massive Greening Programme" in the cyclone Vardah affected areas.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami had taken an oath not to act against the Constitution, but his involvement in Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary is against law, Stalin said. She had passed away on December 5, 2016.

"The Tamil Nadu Assembly ruckus is sub judice matter and everything will be done according to the law", he opined. Before leaving Chennai for the Bengaluru prison where she is lodged, Ms Sasikala took swift decisions to ensure she can control the party from jail. This time the battle is between the nephew of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala. A statement released by the party said that he will lead the birth anniversary celebration of Jayalalithaa. "That Amma is not with us makes me more sad. My thoughts revolve around her", she said.

Deepa is expected to use her blood ties with Jayalalithaa to the hilt, and that may be a problem for the AIADMK and Sasikala, as well as O Panneerselvam, who can now be considered practically ousted from the party. Jayalalithaa was a popular leader and anybody who had met her even once would remember her for life, she added. "He (Palaniswamy) was not the person, people wanted as CM", said. "In the past, we had extended our birthday greetings to Amma".

She said that there is a traitor group operating behind the government.

"Dharma Yudham will continue (to retrieve the party and government)", he said and reiterated his demand for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa.

Asserting that the forum would work towards the welfare of the people, she said it would follow the work left by Amma as chief minister and "Puratchi Thalaivar" (M G Ramachandran) by pursuing their welfare programs.

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  • Jon Douglas