New Delhi: A host of leaders across party lines are expected to descend in Chandigarh on Wednesday to attend Parkash Singh Badal's swearing-in ceremony. But Mamata Banerjee will not be among them. The Trinamool Chief had initially accepted Badal's invitation but changed her mind on Tuesday.
This will be 87-year-old Badal's fifth term as Chief Minister. His son Sukhbir will remain his deputy. Badal's 18-member cabinet will include 14 colleagues from his party the Shiromani Akali Dal. The remaining four will be from its partner- the BJP. Prominent leaders attending the event include Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Badal had earlier headed two full five-year terms from 1997 and 2007. His other terms were in 1977-1980 and 1970-71.
Only one woman Bibi Jagir Kaur, former President of SGPC, has been included in the ministry though eight women of the alliance (SAD-six, BJP- two) were elected to the assembly.
All the seventeen ministers to be sworn in with Parkash Singh Badal will be of cabinet rank, including Sukhbir who has been named Deputy Chief Minister, an official announcement said.
Fourteen of them belong to Shiromani Akali Dal and the remaining four to its alliance partner BJP.
The Badal family has four members in the cabinet.
Besides the father and the son duo, others are Adesh Partap Singh Kairon (son-in-law of Badal senior) and Bikram Singh Majithia (brother-in-law of Sukhbir).
With additional information from PTI