A few hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that the Poes Garden residence of Late J Jayalalithaa will be turned into a memorial, Deepa Jayakumar, the neice of Jayalalithaa challenged CM’s decision.

In a press conference on Thursday, Deepa said, that the government does not had the right to make these kind of declaration without the consent of her and her brother. She said, “They have no right to announce this without consulting legal heirs that is me and my brother. I have moral, ethical and legal right over this house.”

Jaya further added,” They have made this announcement only to hasten the merger of the two factions. They had time since February when Pannneerselvam first made the demand. Why did they not make any moves then?”

Along with the announcement of turning Jayalalithaa’s house into a memorial open for public, the Tamil Nadu government even announced a judicial commission to probe the death of the former Tamil Nadu CM. Amidst talk of a merger of the AIADMK factions led by Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, the former had demanded a probe into Jayalalithaa’s death in December and conversion of her house into a memorial ahead of a merger.

Jayalalithaa died in Apollo hospital on December 5 last year after prolonged illness. Ever since, there have been hints at foul play in the death pointing fingers at VK Sasikala, who was a close aide of the late Chief Minister and who lived with Jayalalithaa.