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MGR's niece to campaign against Jaya in Andipatti

Written by: Staff

Madurai, May 2 (UNI) Undeterred by her inability to enter electoral fray, Ms M G C Leelavathy, niece of AIADMK Founder M G Ramachandran, today said she will undertake door-to-door campaign in Andipatti to ensure the defeat of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Talking to newsmen here, she alleged Ms Jayalalithaa was bent upon preventing MGR's relatives from gaining a foothold in the AIADMK. No blood relative of the charismatic leader is being allowed to occupy any office in the party, she claimed.

Stating she was proceeding to Andipatti, where the AIADMK supremo was seeking re-election, Ms Leelavathy said the sole aim of her intensive campaign was to ensure Ms Jayalalithaa never returned to power.

However, she made it clear that her political stance should not be construed as support for the DMK.

''Despite kidnapping me twice to prevent me from filing the papers in Andipatti to contest the elections, I am still being harassed and threatened over phone,'' she alleged.

Denying she ever made a remark maligning the reputation of MGR, attributed to her by a pro-AIADMK channel, she expressed her intention to file a defamation suit against it.

On Sunday, she staged a 'snap fast' at MGR's samadhi in Chennai demanding action against those who had 'physically prevented' her from filing the papers as an independent for Andipatti.

She had lodged a complaint with the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer on April 24 in this regard. However, she called off her fast after the police intervened.

In her complaint, Leelavathy had charged that the a gang had kidnapped and assaulted her besides warning of dire consequences.

Incidentally, it was Leelavathy who donated a kidney when MGR underwent renal tranplant in the late 80s.


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