Leaders and Chief Ministers of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA),of which Akali Dal is a part,as also friends from other parties are expected to attend the ceremony in which Parkash Singh Badal would be taking oath as Chief Minister for a record fifth time on March 14.
Though there was no official confirmation,sources in the Akali Dal said the invites were also going to some leaders who are not part of NDA but on account of their being personal friends of Badal senior. These leaders include Union Minister for Non Conventional Energy Farooq Abdullah,INLD Chief Om Parkash Chautala and Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha,who was also invited by Badal Senior,has expressed her inability to attend the swearing in as she was scheduled to undertake campaign for the March 18 Sanakarankoil assembly by poll on that day. She has deputed two party leaders.
CMs of BJP-ruled states,including Gujarat (Narender Modi),Himachal Pradesh (Prem Kumar Dhumal) and Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan).