Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and TDP president N.Chandrababu Naidu poses for a photograph with former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha, and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, as they arrive for a meeting at Naidu's residence in Hyderabad. Two years ahead of the general elections, a group of eight regional parties launched a new national front as an alternative to the Congress and BJP. The announcement came after a three hour meeting hosted by Naidu and the name, organisational structure and other details of the front are expected to be worked out soon. The conclave of the parties was attended by Jayalalithaa (AIADMK), Mulayam and Amar Singh (Samajawadi Party), Brindavan Goswami (Asom Gana Parishad), Chautala (Indian National Lok Dal), Babulal Marandi (Jharkhand Vikas Morcha) and Vaiko (MDMK) while K J Thomas of Kerala Congress sent a letter of support. The conclave comes at the backdrop of the TDP recently announcing that it would take the initiative in forging a Third Front based on "an alternative economic policy".