Jayalalitha to make history with Hindi speech in Hindi heartland
Saturday April 7 2007 13:41 IST
Jayalalitha's speech in the town of Bareilly in the company of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and others will mark a major leap from those tumultuous times 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 political leader of repute from Tamil Nadu has addressed a rally in the Hindi heartland.
"It is a revolution," said K Malaisamy, a Rajya Sabha member of Jayalalitha's AIADMK party. "It goes to our leader's credit that she has been invited to address the people in Uttar Pradesh and it is also to the credit of Tamil Nadu and Tamil people," Malaisamy told IANS here.
The Sunday meeting in Bareilly, about 250 km from here, will bring together Jayalalitha, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala, Asom Gana Parishad leader Brindaban Goswami and former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh.
All of them, mostly regional satraps, are using the Uttar Pradesh electoral battle that began on Saturday to flex their muscles ahead of the next parliamentary elections due in two years.
But it will mark a watershed in
Another AIADMK leader who did not want to be identified by name told IANS that Jayalalitha's speech on Sunday is bound to have a positive impact on Tamil Nadu and the country as a whole.
"My personal view is that some of us who come out of Tamil Nadu with only Tamil and English in our language kitty find it difficult to get ahead because we just don't know Hindi," said the leader.
"It is good in today's age to have a broad outlook, and (Jayalalitha) has that. She is already popular, and this will make her nationally more popular.
"It is true that there are Tamil speaking politicians in national parties," the AIADMK leader said. "But for a prominent leader of a Dravidian party to speak in Hindi and that too in Hindi heartland, that is something."
Malaisamy, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who joined AIADMK in 1998, said he knew of instances when Jayalalitha skilfully used her multiple language skills to win over people.
"I remember when Jayalalitha, as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, was speaking at a meeting in
On Sunday, Jayalalitha, whose relations are soured with both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will fly out of Chennai to
Further, Jayalalitha will address another election rally in
The AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, AGP, INLD and TDP are aiming their guns at Congress over such issues as shooting prices of essential commodities and continuing suicides of debt-ridden farmers to build a national front.These parties are also eager to play a larger role in the next presidential elections.