Legacy War Re­turns on Jaya’s 69th Birth An­niver­sary

OPS de­clines Di­nakaran’s in­vi­ta­tion to re­join AIADMK; Jaya’s niece Deepa launches her own splin­ter out­fit ‘MGR Amma Deepa Per­a­vai’

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Chen­nai: The low-key 69th birth an­niver­sary of late AIADMK supremo J Jay­alalithaa con­cluded on Fri­day amidst var­i­ous claimants to the orig­i­nal legacy of her party. While for­mer chief min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam de­clined AIADMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary T T V Di­nakaran’s in­vi­ta­tion to re­join the party, Jay­alalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayaku­mar went ahead and laun- ched her own splin­ter out­fit. On Fri­day morn­ing, CM Edap­padi K Palaniswamy along with min­is­ters and top of­fi­cials here launched a scheme to plant 69 lakh saplings across the state in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Jay­alalithaa’s birth­day. How­ever, leader of the op­po­si­tion M K Stalin in a state­ment re­buked the state gov­ern­ment for honouring a convict.

“It sets a bad prece­dent to the en­tire state, for the gov­ern­ment to launch a scheme to mark the birth an­niver­sary of some­one who has been con­victed for amass­ing wealth il­le­gally,” Stalin said. Ig­nor­ing the op­po­si­tion’s crit­i­cisms, Chief Min­is­ter, min­is­ters and T T V Di­nakaran, paid flo­ral trib­utes to the late leader on Fri­day morn­ing. Party lead­ers at the venue re­it­er­ated Di­nakaran’s stand that the AIADMK will em­brace those who re­turn to their ‘Mother’ party. Pan­neer­sel­vam how­ever, was “sur­prised” by the in­vi­ta­tion from some­one who is not even a mem­ber of the party. “Ev­ery real party worker who has un­con­di­tional love and re­spect for Amma’s AIADMK knows that we are the real mem­bers of the party,” Pan­neer­sel­vam told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence.

He pointed out that Di­nakaran had been dis­missed from pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party when Jay­alalithaa was alive and that Di­nakaran was never for­given by Jaya un­til she had breathed her last. An un­ex­pected voice of sup­port for Pan­neer­sel­vam’s stand came on Thurs­day when Jay­alalithaa’s nephew Deepak had said he did not ac­cept Di­nakaran as the depu- ty gen­eral sec­re­tary of the party. “We should all work to­gether. I wish Pan­neer­sel­vam Anna (brother) will re­turn to the party and take over,” Deepak said. Even as Pan­neer­sel­vam con­tin­ued his at­tack on the “fam­ily rule” tak­ing place in AIADMK, Deepa an­nounced the name of a new out­fit : “MGR Amma Deepa Per­a­vai” and said the ‘fed­er­a­tion will win the sup­port of the AIADMK cadre and grow into a party and right­fully claim the ‘Two leaves’ (AIADMK party sym­bol).”

Jay­alalithaa's birth an­niver­sary be­ing celebrated at AIADMK head­quar­ters

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