Deepa Jayakumar, niece of J Jayalalithaa, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has expressed her willingness to work with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a party headed by her aunt. It is said that Deepa would merge her outfit and that of her husband Madhavan's with the AIADMK, led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam.
Speaking to journalists in Salem on Sunday, she said, "This is an organisation that belongs to the AIADMK, there is no doubt about it. I am clear about this right from the beginning. Even I would like to work with the AIADMK." Stating that the decision was announced formally in the general body meeting of her party, she claimed that members of her political party shared her stance.
She added: "It was initiated for AIADMK cadres. I am clear about this right from the beginning..." It may be recalled that on the occasion of the 69th birth anniversary of her aunt Jayalalithaa, Deepa had launched the outfit MGR Amma Deepa Peravai in February 2017. Deepa was born on November 10, 1974 to Jayakumar and Vijayalakshmi. Jayakumar is the elder brother of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. She worked as a sub editor in the New Indian Express for a brief period and then went to UK in 2010. She completed an M.A. in international journalism at the Cardiff university, in Wales.