At a time when non-Congress chief ministers have come together on some issues Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has invited his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to his swearing in ceremony on March 14.
"Badal telephoned Banerjee Friday and invited her to attend his swearing-in as chief minister at Chandigarh" state secretariat sources here said.
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.
Other non Congress chief ministers and Mamta had come together in opposing the centre's move to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre alleging it would affect the federal structure of the country.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP coalition retained power in Punjab in the recent assembly election in the state.