Shiromani Akali Dal’s leader Parkash Singh Badal, who will take oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab for a fifth time on March 14, has invited UPA allies – Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar and Omar Abdullah to attend the swearing in ceremony.
Mr Badal, who is 84, will continue as chief minister. For the first time in the last forty years, Punjab has given a second consecutive term to a party in power. The alliance of the SAD and the BJP will return to office with 68 of the 117 seats. The Congress, which had hoped that the anti-incumbency habit in the state would push it into government, was left with 46 seats.