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Jayalalithaa was an actor turned politician who served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016.

"Sincere tribute to J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary", Ms Banerjee tweeted. "And, I think they are determined to ensure that even if their government falls, Sasikala should not have a legitimate political claim to being the heir of Jayalalithaa", he added. The only event by the Sasikala faction was garlanding of Jayalalithaa's portrait at the party office on Avvai Shanmugam Salai, which was attended by chief minister Edappadi K Palanisami and senior members of the cabinet.

Deepak came to the limelight during Jayalalithaa's funeral when he performed her final rites along with Sasikala. Explaining about the request for a probe into Jayalalithaa's death, Deepak said that would demean her stature.

Asked whether the Forum was a political party or an outfit, she said, "This is a federation at the moment".

Earlier in the day, she announced that she will contest from her late aunt's RK Nagar constituency, which fell vacant after her death. "If efforts are made to remove portraits of Jayalalithaa from government offices, AIADMK cadre would see to it there is no place in Tamil Nadu without Jayalalithaa's portrait", he said.

Deepa said she was sad at the hijacking of the party and that Palanisamy was not a popular choice.

On Friday, AIADMK supporters from across Tamil Nadu gathered outside Deepa Jayakumar's residence in T Nagar.

Had she joined hands with Panneerselvam, she would have had to play second fiddle to the former chief minister, who has 40 years of political experience behind him and now enjoys the support of a battery of senior AIADMK leaders, parliamentarians and legislators.

She named the party "MGR Amma Deepa Peravai" in an indication that she will fall back on the legacy of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa, fondly called "Amma" by her followers. "There is a traitor group working behind the govt and we will work continuously to throw away this group", she said.