A week after extending her support to rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, Deepa Jayakumar, niece of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on Friday floated ‘MGR Amma Deepa Forum’.

“I am beginning a new political journey,” Deepa said, adding that she took the decision after a thorough analysis.Unveiling her outfit’s flag, Deepa said her aim is to retrieve the symbol of the AIADMK — two leaves — and to carry on the “good work” done by Jayalalithaa.

Deepa expressed her interest to contest from the R K Nagar Assembly constituency from where Jayalalithaa was elected in 2016. “We will also contest the local body elections,” she said.Describing the meeting with Panneerselvam as a courtesy call, Deepa said that she never decided to join hands with him. “We want to serve the people separately,” she said.Asked about her brother Deepak Jayakumar rejecting V K Sasikala’s nephew T T V Dinakaran’s leadership, Deepa said there was no clarity in his statement.

“How can he (Deepak) suddenly say that he only supported Sasikala and not Dinakaran? It is not clear.” Deepa hogged the limelight after she was denied permission to see Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised for more than two months. Deepa is the daughter of Jayalalithaa’s only brother late Jayakumar.

Soon after the demise of Jayalalithaa, posters and banners hailing Deepa were erected in several districts of Tamil Nadu with supporters urging her to stake her claim over the AIADMK.Even after Sasikala took over the reins of the party, Deepa’s popularity increased with supporters thronging her house daily.

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