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Jaya's niece Deepa joins Panneerselvam camp

Chennai, Feb 14 (PTI): Ending days of speculation on whether she would join hands with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Deepa Jayakumar, late Jayalalithaa's niece, today said she would work with him as if they are "two hands of the AIADMK".

Exactly a week after he announced that he was forced to quit as Chief Minister, Panneerselvam, flanked by MLAs and MPs in his camp, paid a visit to late Jayalalithaa's burial site at Marina and offered homage.

Minutes after his arrival, Deepa also reached the venue and jointly paid homage to the late Chief Minister at the burial site for about 20 minutes.

"We will work together jointly as two hands of AIADMK in future for the people of Tamil Nadu. He asked for justice. I too ask the same," Deepa told reporters.

Education Minister K Pandiarajan, former Electricity Minister 'Natham' Viswanathan, AIADMK MPs including V Maitreyan, senior party leaders C Ponnaiyan and E Madhusudhanan were also at the memorial.

After paying homage Deepa went to the house of Panneerselvam at Greenways Road and was given a traditional welcome by family members of the Chief Minister.

Recently Panneerselvam had said Deepa and her brother Deepak were the only blood relations of Jayalalithaa.

"When Amma's mortal remains were in the hospital on the night of December 5, she (Deepa) was not allowed to pay her respects even at that time," he had alleged.

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    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    As students in Madras in the 1950s, we used to listen to C N Annadurai on the Marina beach on Sundays. He had half a dozen lieutenants. Altogether, their are total assets at that time were just a few thousand rupees. I see a few of those lieutenants today as old men leading political formations in Tamil Nadu. Their wealth is to be measured in billions. You need a million lifetimes to actually earn such wealth. I need not comment any further. Things are obvious . The story is similar in the rest of India a country where wealth is worshipped as god or goddess irrespective of the manner in which you acquire that wealth. Some politicians have an alternate clever approach. They give large chunks of resources to their businessmen friends who become billionaires. With a dozen billionaire friends, the politician does need to have money of his own.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Money Money Money ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Hopefully the wheelchair creature Karunanidi and his family will share the cell soon.

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