Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had shown interest in a third front with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and delivered her address in Hindi at a rally at in Allahabad ahead of the UP assembly elections on April 23, 2007.
The AIADMK leader had praised Mulayam Singh Yadav in her speech. “Yes, J Jayalalithaa had addressed a rally at KP Inter College. She had favoured the formation of a third front, comprising regional parties under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav,” said KK Srivastava, the then Samajwadi Party city president who had played a key role in holding the rally.
“Others who had attended the rally included Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Om Prakash Chautala, S Bangarappa, Samajwadi Party leaders Amar Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Jaya Prada and Rewati Raman Singh,” said another SP leader of Allahabad.
He recalled Jayalalithaa praising the SP chief as “Ek Mulayam hai is vatan main, ek chanda jaise gagan main.(Mulayam stands out in the political galaxy).”
Jayalalithaa was then in the opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly. Most of the others who had assembled wanted formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP front under Mulayam’s leadership.
“Jayalalithaa had raised her hands with Mulayam in support of the third front cause,” said the leader.
It was probably in recognition of this connection of the Yadav family with Jayalalithaa that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav not only went to attend her funeral but was also rode on the gun carriage in the funeral procession.
“The chief minister reached Chennai at about 4pm and remained there till the end of the funeral,” said a senior officer.