Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s niece Deepa Jayakumar alleged that she was being harassed to prevent her from contesting bypoll in R K Nagar Assembly seat to be held on April 12.
Chennai’s RK Nagar Assembly constituency fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.
Deepa, who visited Jayalalithaa’s memorial on Sunday night, said that Sasikala and her family must first reveal what happened at the Apollo hospital and what kind of treatment was given to her late aunt.
“I could not even stay at my house and goons are being sent against me. I do not know who (goons) they are…,” Jayakumar said.
“Several conspiracies are being hatched to prevent me from contesting in the bypoll,” she alleged.
“Sasikala camp has been making false allegations against me. Sasikala clan won’t let me live in peace. It has been issuing threats ever since I decided to contest from the RK Nagar constituency,” alleges Deepa.
On Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary in February, Jayakumar announced that she would be contesting from R K Nagar and vowed to restore the AIADMK to its former glory.
Jayakumar alleged that Sasikala hijacked the party after Jayalalithaa’s death, which she demanded must be investigated. She also launched political forum, the MGR Amma Deepa Federation.
The Pannerselvam camp is expected to support Jayakumar’s candidature or nominate a candidate of its own for the by-election. Jayakumar had previously extended her support to Panneerselvam in the power tussle within the AIADMK which threatened to split the party.