Jayalalithaa's neice Deepa hints at greater role, says her entry into politics 'cannot be stopped'

Chennai: A month after her aunt, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, passed away, Deepa Jayakumar hinted at her entry into politics on Friday, saying it cannot be stopped.

Jayalalithaa's neice Deepa Jayakumar. Image courtesy: Sandhya Ravishankar

Jayalalithaa's neice Deepa Jayakumar. Image courtesy: Sandhya Ravishankar

"My entry into politics cannot be stopped," she told supporters who had gathered at her Thyagaraya Nagar residence and indicated she would let know of her decision soon.

She refrained from elaborating on her political plans, but waved the victory sign to supporters from the balcony of her house. Supporters had thronged her residence, urging her to enter politics and carry forward the work of her late aunt Jayalalithaa.

Deepa is the daughter of Jayalalithaa's only brother, Jayakumar. She caught media attention recently when she alleged that she was not allowed to meet her aunt when she was hospitalised for 75 days.

Deepa had urged her supporters on 29 December to be calm until she announced her decision. Jayalalithaa passed away on 5 December last year.

Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 21:43 PM

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