Chennai: Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa niece, has launched a political forum in Tamil Nadu, that the journalism graduate claims will take parts in elections. There are reports that she will be her forum’s candidate when the byelections are held in her aunt’s constituency.
While it is known that Deepa Jayakumar was not very close to Jayalalithaa after her father moved out of the Pose Garden, the official residence of Jayalalithaa till her death, she has been trying to cash the blood relation with her.
Deepa Jayakumar’s lone brother Deepak Jayakumar hasn’t been very warm towards her as she has been trying to become politically active. There are reports of serious differences between brother and sister on multiple issues
In the meantime, Deepa Jayakumar has launched her political forum ‘MGR Amma Deepa Forum’ on Friday.
At the time of launch of her new political party, Deepa Jayakumar said that the people of Tamil Nadu wanted that she should contest from RK Nagar constituency that fell vacant following the demise of J Jayalalithaa.
She went on to add, “I will definitely contest. Though I was not keen on entering politics, it is the people’s wish… There is a traitor group working behind the Tamil Nadu government, adding that she would work continuously to throw away this group.”
When media person asked her about her showing interest in Paneerselvam faction of AIADMK, Panneerselvam said
Queried about her meeting former Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, she said it was a courtesy call and not a decision to work together. Deepa termed her brother Deepak Jayakumar’s interview to some television channels voicing opposition to AIADMK’s Deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran as unclear, wondering why her brother has suddenly come out against Dinakaran but continue to support Sasikala.
A month after her aunt and former Jayalalithaa died, Deepa Jayakumar had declared that she has entered politics and will work to fulfill aspirations of AIADMK workers. 43 year old Deepa is the daughter of Jayalalithaa’s younger brother of Jayalalitha. The family used to live in Jayalalitha home Poes Garden. In 1995, Jayakumar left Poes Garden with his family. He died soon after. After completing graduation, Deepa did a diploma course on Mass Communication from London. Her first job was with The New Indian Express. She again returned back to London where she got married to Madhvan and settled there. It is strange that Deepa has not cordial relation with her brother Deepak Jayakumar. It may be due to her marriage with Madhavan, who is a Christian by faith. Little is known about her husband. Deepa is Iyengar Brahmin like her aunt Jayalalithaa.