Deepa alleges foul play
Even before the dust settled on the controversy surrounding the rejection of the nomination of actor Vishal by the Returning Officer of the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, which goes to the polls on December 21, former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar on Thursday alleged foul play in the rejection of her nomination papers. She claimed that the aides of a “senior Minister” threatened her against submitting her nomination papers, but did not substantiate the charge.
Talking to reporters after calling on Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni at the Secretariat here, Ms. Deepa claimed that the nomination papers she had submitted to the Returning Officer had been changed. “Much to my shock and disbelief, they were not my papers at all. I had made some corrections in my original papers and didn’t leave any blank page in the nomination papers,” she claimed.
Alleging foul play, Ms. Deepa said she had urged the Election Commission to carry out a probe into the matter. Replying to a query whether she would support any independent candidate since she now cannot contest in the bypoll, she said: “I will fight for justice for myself first.”
“Three days ago, aides of a senior Minister made threatening calls [to me] and said they would ensure that my papers are rejected,” she claimed. However, she refused to name the Minister. In her representation to the Chief Election Commissioner, which she handed over to Mr. Lakhoni, Ms. Deepa claimed that she had verified the nomination herself, and that page number 10, i.e., Form-26, was tampered with and replaced.
“She came to my office around 5.30 p.m. and made a complaint. We will check and verify the complaint,” Mr. Lakhoni told