Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal who was under fire from BJP leaders after the SAD leadership, including deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal campaigned against the saffron party nominees during the assembly elections attended the oath-taking ceremony of Manohar Lal Khattar here on Sunday.
However, not much pleasantries were exchanged between Badal and the top BJP leadership.
Senior BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had hit out at the Akalis for tying up with INLD in Haryana against the BJP, was also present at the function.
Birender Singh and Rao Inderjit Singh, the two senior leaders who joined the BJP this year after deserting the Congress, were also present.
A number of Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Harsh Vardhan, Maneka Gandhi, V K Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ananth Kumar, Venkaiah Naidu, Krishan Pal Gujjar were also present at the ceremony.
Apart from the BJP MLAs who were recently elected and the party MPs from the State, other senior saffron leaders who attended the function included J P Nadda, Anil Jain, Suresh Bhatt, Sushil Modi, Kailash Vijayvargiya and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister P K Dhumal.
A representative of the political wing of the Sirsa-based sect Dera Sacha Sauda also attended the function. Notably,the Dera's political wing had extended its support to the BJP ahead of the Haryana assembly polls.
Tight security arrangements had been made in the town in view of the visit of top leaders.
A number of BJP workers and other leaders from different parts of the State also attended the ceremony.