As the late J Jayalalithaa's former constituency gears up for a by-election, her niece, Deepa Jayakumar, on Tuesday said AIADMK chief VK Sasikala had betrayed 'Amma,' and that her "benami government" would fall, the Tamil daily Thina Thanthi reported.
After Jayalalithaa's "suspicious" death in December, the people's verdict will deliver justice, the report d Jayakumar as saying.
Deepa Jayakumar is a candidate for the April 12 by-poll in Dr. Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar, from where her aunt was twice elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly. She leads the MGR Amma Deepa Federation, which she founded in February.
Also vying for the vacant Assembly seat are TTV Dinakaran and E Madhusudhan, who represent rival factions of Jayalalithaa's AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam). The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) Maruthu Ganesh and the BJP's Gangai Amaran are also in the fray.
Dinakaran is Sasikala's nephew, and was appointed Deputy General Secretary after she was convicted in a disproportionate assets case in February.
Madhusudhanan is a former party Presidium Chairman. He backed former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who formed a rival faction after Sasikala, just days before her conviction, was named the AIADMK's legislature party leader - effectively, the chief-minister-in-waiting.
Yesterday, Deepa Jayakumar laid into Dinakaran, Panneerselvam and Madhusudhanan, saying the splinter groups they represented were only interested in holding on to power, and not in being true to the Tamil people or in improving their lives for the better, the Thanthi TV report said.
On the other hand, she promised RK Nagar denizens jobs and a large, modern fish-market, and pledged to to remove state-run liquor stores from the vicinity of schools, colleges, residences and temples, the report added.
And to convey just how determined she was to develop the constituency, she resorted to using mild hyperbole: "I promise to make RK Nagar the best constituency in India," the Tamil daily d her as saying.
CANDIDATES COMPLAIN OF VOTER FRAUD, E.C. STEPS UP VIGILANCE
The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that four permanent surveillance committees, six rapid-action committees, and three video surveillance teams would be deployed during the by-polls, to add to the vigilance measures that have already been planned, Thanthi TV reported.
Both the Panneerselvam-led AIADMK faction and the DMK have told the poll panel that the Dinakaran camp is trying to buy votes .
In fact, the DMK complained to the EC yesterday, and party MP MS Bharathi told reporters that the Election Commissioner promised to take action, Thanthi TV tweeted.
And Deepa Jayakumar, on her part, yesterday accused both factions of the AIADMK of bribing voters, Thina Thanthi reported.