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Jayalalitha, Naidu, Chautala to campaign for Mulayam

india Updated: Jun 22, 2012 13:17 IST

Three former chief ministers, including Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalitha, will descend on Uttar Pradesh on Monday to jointly campaign for their newfound comrade-in-arms Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Ironically, all three - Jayalalitha, former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu and former Haryana boss Om Prakash Chautala - have been part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), headed by Mulayam Singh's sworn political adversary Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Former Karnataka Chief Minister S Bangarappa is also expected to join the rally at Allahabad where polling is due for the sixth round of the staggered Uttar Pradesh elections on May 3.

The seven-phased polls conclude on May 8.

The leaders would jointly share the dais with the Uttar Pradesh chief minister at Allahabad, where the ruling Samajwadi Party's mascot happens to be a dreaded criminal-turned-MP who is still facing criminal charges, including that of murder.

The highlight of the big event will be Jayalalitha's address in Hindi. Many see it as the first attempt by any top Tamil leader to bridge the north-south language divide in the country.

Jayalalitha's speech in Allahabad, the land of the Sangam - holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati rivers - in the company of Mulayam Singh Yadav and others will mark a major leap from the tumultuous times in the 1960s when Tamil Nadu rose in frenzy against Hindi.

Although Jayalalitha is fluent in Hindi besides half a dozen other languages, including English, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada, no Tamil leader of repute has addressed a rally in the Hindi heartland of Allahabad, about 200 km from here.

In Lucknow, much excitement is visible in the Mulayam Singh camp with everyone wishing to give their 'neta-ji' all credit for persuading Jayalalitha to deliver a public speech in Hindi.

"Neta-ji always promoted Hindi in a big way and found a novel way to push his Hindi agenda - replying to letters received in English from chief ministers of particularly southern states, in their own parent language," observed SP Rajya Sabha member Uday Pratap Singh, who had been the chief minister's English lecturer in college.

The AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, Asom Gana Parishad, Indian National Lok Dal and TDP are aiming their guns at the Congress over issues like the rising prices of essential commodities and the continuing suicides of debt-ridden farmers to build a national front.

The parties are also eager to play a larger role in the next presidential elections.