Badal had pitched for BJP leader Arun Jaitley as future deputy prime minister at a rally at Attari in Punjab and for Indian National Lok Dal leader Dushyant Chautala as among those to be accommodated in Modi's proposed cabinet. (Agencies)
Both Jaitley and Dushyant are contesting their maiden Lok Sabha elections.
In one of the biggest contest, Jaitley is facing Congress heavyweight Amarinder Singh from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat while Dushyant, son of jailed Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Ajay Singh and grandson of former chief minister Om Parkash Chautala, is also locked in a fierce battle against Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) stalwart Kuldeep Bishnoi and Congress candidate Sampat Singh from Hisar.
In a recent rally at Attari in Punjab, Badal had introduced Jaitley as the future deputy prime minister.
"If voted to power, he will be the deputy prime minister or finance minister," Badal had said, throwing his weight behind Jaitley.
Dushyant, an alumnus of Lawrence School, Sanawar, is facing an acid test and now banking on help from his uncle and other family members to reach out to the voters.
26-year-old Dushyant is making his debut in the Lok Sabha elections at a time when he is faced with humongous task of reviving his party, founded by his great grandfather Devi Lal.
In a recent rally at Hisar in favour of Dushyant, Badal had said that the INLD leader would be given ministerial berth at the Centre once he is elected as Member of Parliament.
"You elect Dushyant Chautala as Member of Parliament and I will make him minister at the Centre. Chaudhary Devi Lal was my close friend and I see his image in Dushyant Chautala. He will be the youngest MP and youngest Union Minister," Badal had told a gathering while campaigning for Dushyant in Hisar.
Badal is considered to be a patriarch of politics in twin agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana.
Badal has been Chief Minister of Punjab since 2007 and previously remained on the coveted post from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, and from 1997 to 2002. He was the president of the party from 1995 to 2008, when he was replaced by his son Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Badal had pitched for BJP leader Arun Jaitley as future deputy prime minister at a rally at Attari in Punjab and for Indian National Lok Dal leader Dushyant Chautala as among those to be accommodated in Modi's proposed cabinet.