Badal to attend Haryana CM's oath taking ceremony

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will attend the oath taking ceremony of Chief Minister-designate of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar on coming Sunday at Panchkula.

PTI| Updated: Oct 24, 2014, 22:43 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will attend the oath taking ceremony of Chief Minister-designate of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar on coming Sunday at Panchkula.

"Punjab CM has been invited for the swearing-in ceremony of new Haryana Chief Minister, scheduled to be held on October 26 (Sunday) ", an official spokesman said here today.

The invitation had been received by the Punjab's Resident Commissioner, he said, adding that Badal would also receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi who too is going to attend the function.

Badal, who is patron of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), had campaigned in Haryana for his party and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidates, much to the dismay of BJP leaders in Haryana.

SAD and BJP has alliance in Punjab, but the Akalis backed INLD in neighbouring Haryana citing "family ties" between Badals and jailed leader Om Parkash Chautala.

Chautala, INLD supremo, is in Tihar jail after his conviction in a teachers recruitment scandal.

BJP created history by coming to power for the first time in the history of Haryana since its inception in 1966 at its own. Khattar, an RSS ideologue, will become the first chief minister of BJP for Haryana.

In the 90 member Haryana Assembly, BJP bagged 47 seats, INLD 19, its ally SAD one, Congress 15, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC BL) two, BSP one and five independents romped hoem victorious.