Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday announced the formation of a new eight-party front in Indian politics.
Jayalalithaa told reporters in Hyderbad that the grouping would consist of her AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), MDMK, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Kerala Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM).
She made the announcement after a meeting of the leaders of seven of the parties and said the Kerala Congress had sent a letter agreeing to join the front.
Those who attended the meeting at TDP chief and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's residence included Jayalalitha, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh (Samajwadi party), Babulal Marandi (JVM), Vaiko (MDMK), Brindavan Goswami (AGP) and Om Prakash Chautala (INLD).
Of these, Jayalalitha, Naidu, Mulayam Singh, Marandi and Chautala are all former chief ministers.