CHENNAI: Deepa Jayakumar, neice of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, said she will not seek the support of any party in contesting the April 12 by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency, and claimed that she will prove in the elections that she is the real legacy of the late CM. "I will not seek support of anyone including the DMK in the by-election. Through this poll, people will come to realise that I am the real legacy of Amma," she said on Thursday. She had been touring the constituency held by late Jayalalithaa and knew the pulse of the people. The people would support her for the good work done by Jayalalithaa. She claimed her poll prospects were bright and that the people would ensure her victory.
Ms. Deepa who had launched her party - MGR Amma Deepa Peravai, coinciding with the 69thbirth anniversary of Jayalalithaa, said she would soon release her party symbol. Asked if she would support OPS team in the election, Ms. Deepa replied, "I will contest the poll even if O. Panneerselvam team fields their candidate." Jaya's demise continues to be a mystery: Claiming that the State government's clarification on Monday that the reports of the Apollo Hospitals, here, and AIIMS on the treatment given to late Jayalalithaa suggested she passed away on December 5 after a massive cardiac arrest, still left many issues unanswered, Deepa demanded a comprehensive explanation on the issue. "The government should explain in detail on the circumstances of her demise and which relatives it consulted during her hospitalisation," she said.