Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar creates flutter at her residence

Poes Garden

Late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar at Poes Garden in Chennai on Sunday

"Suddenly, she wanted to enter the house to which we said we did not have the authority to allow her".

As per the reports, Deepa made an unscheduled visit to Jayalalithaa's residence along with her supporters on Sunday. Since Jayalalithaa has no immediate family and she is believed to have died without leaving behind a will, Class-2 heirs including Deepa and Deepak will be the claimants to her legacy."At 11.30pm on December 5, 2016, when Jayalalithaa was declared dead, her niece Deepa Jayakumar became co-owner of assets belonging to her aunt".

"Her supporters staged a protest, alleging that she had been not allowed to enter by the supporters of TTV Dinakaran, the nephew of VK Sasikala and the general secretary of the faction she leads, AIADMK Amma". "I have begun legal formalities to claim my stake in the Poes Garden residence", Deepa told reporters at her T. Nagar residence in the evening. She also said that her brother had called her to the property.

She asserted that it was her "moral, ethical and legal right" to acquire Poes Garden, adding that she would seek the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the same. Her husband Madhavan, who claimed his wife was being influenced by "evil forcres", had quit her "Peravai" and announced his own political outfit. "I had no plans to come here today but he asked me to come to garland the portrait (of Jayalalithaa)", she told reporters.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, Deepa said Tamil Nadu government must step it and take action. Deepak also claimed that she was "manhandled" by private guards posted at the bungalow, but those present inside said she was not attacked. Deepak denied the allegations posed against him by his sister. The Poes Garden house was occupied by AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, close aide of Jayalalithaa, till she surrendered in a Bengaluru court in February to serve her term in the disproportionate wealth case.

There have been demands from the AIADMK's O Panneerselvam camp that the house be converted into a memorial.

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