Published On : Tue, Feb 7th, 2017

Tamil Nadu did NOT vote for Sasikala, says Jaya’s niece Deepa

Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar holding her promised press conference, as a wary Tamil Nadu awaits Sasikala’s promotion as the next chief minister.

Deepa said it was a sad day for Tamil Nadu. “People don’t want Sasikala as CM. We can’t accept her elevation as CM,” Deepa said.

She said people of Tamil Nadu did not vote for Sasikala. She said Sasikala led a march after Jaya’s death and showed no sign of grief. “People are scared of her, I am not,” she said.

Rooting for TN CM O Panneerselvam, Deepa said an elected leader should be CM. “There is instability in Tamil Nadu, people are very much worried,” she said.

Deepa has confirmed that she would make her foray into Tamil Nadu politics with “a landmark announcement” on February 24, which happens to be Jayalalithaa’s birthday.

Today, she said she has received a lot of support and said while Apollo Hospitals should have spoken earlier, multiple questions on Jayalalithaa’s death remain unanswered. She said Apollo’s clarifications on Jaya’s death are inadequate.

She said that she was never allowed to visit her aunt in hospital. “From day 1 I was asking the hospital to allow me inside but the hospital denied it and they never allowed me, they never got in touch with me,” she said.

Apollo Hospitals clarified yesterday that Jayalalithaa gave the go-ahead for visitors and only then did the hospital allow people to meet her.