Chennai: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal on Saturday invited his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa
to participate in his swearing-in ceremony on March 14.
The AIADMK supremo, however expressed her inability to
attend the ceremony as she was scheduled to undertake campaign
for the March 18 Sanakarankoil assembly bypoll on that day.
Having conveyed her inability to attend the swearing-in
ceremony though she would have liked to, Jayalalithaa said she
will depute her party MPs Dr V Maithreyan and M Thambidurai on
her behalf, an official release here said.
She told Badal that her campaign scheduled had already been
The ruling SAD-BJP combine had retained its hold in the
just concluded Punjab Assembly elections and Jayalalithaa had
earlier greeted Badal on his poll success.