On January 17, Deepa Jayakumar, daughter of Jayalalithaa’s only brother late Jayakumar, chose the day, AIADMK founder MGR’s 100th birth anniversary, to enter politics and blow the bugle against VK Sasikala from taking over her aunt’s legacy.
Deepa was unable to reach the MGR and Jayalalithaa memorial at Marina Beach to pay her tributes due to overcrowding, but Sasikala reached the memorial and paid floral tributes to MGR. Now Deepa is expected to make an important announcement on February 24. “It is high time people knew the reality,” she added.
Munusamy’s rebellion of sorts comes a day before former CM J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa organised a press conference to announce her decision to take the political plunge. The MLA’s public condemnation of Sasikala’s family made three senior ministers jump to Divakaran’s defence.
Munusamy is a prominent All India Anna Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader in the western Tamil Nadu.
Flaying Divakaran’s speech at a Pongal function in Thanjavur where he had hailed his brother-in-law for playing ‘a big role’ in uniting a divided AIADMK in 1989 and contributing in a large measure to Jayalalitha becoming the CM following the AIADMK’s poll victory in 1991, Munusamy said that Divakaran should immediately withdraw his words.
Briefing media persons at Kaveripattinam in Krishnagiri district, he said, “Such talk has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 crore AIADMK cadre. Attempts by those who were expelled from the AIADMK, to gain control over the party will not be tolerated,” he said.
Munusamy accused Divakaran of trying to strengthen his position in the party and create a power centre. “Sasikala’s family members want to convert AIADMK as a family party. It is high time that Sasikala stopped it,” he said.
Meanwhile, supporting Divakaran, Handloom Minister OS Manian, Food Minister R Kamaraj and Minister of Law and Prisons Shanmugam said Munusamy had joined the betrayers of the party .