New Delhi: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the sole minister of the Akali Dal in the Narendra Modi government, has resigned from the Union Cabinet on Thursday in protest against the agricultural bills. He tweeted, ‘I have resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against the anti-farmer ordinances and Bills. I am proud to stand with the farmers as daughter and sister.
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had earlier said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal would resign from her post in protest against the agriculture bills, as the government had two agrarian concerns despite all-round opposition from farmers in Punjab and Haryana And introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha. The Akali Dal included in the NDA had opposed the first of the three such bills, which have been passed in the Lok Sabha.
Participating in the discussion on the Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill-2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance Agreement and the Agreements Bill-2020 on Agricultural Services, Sukhbir Badal said, “Shiromani Akali Dal is Farmers Party and will oppose these agricultural bills.”
During the discussion in the lower house, he dismissed the Congress allegations, saying, “The Shiromani Akali Dal never took a U-turn.” Badal said, “We are allies of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). We told the government the sentiment of farmers. We raised this topic on every platform. We tried to allay the fears of the farmers, but this did not happen.”
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He said that the farmers of Punjab have contributed significantly to make the country self-sufficient in the matter of food. Successive governments in Punjab worked hard to prepare agricultural infrastructure, but this ordinance would ruin their 50-year austerity.
The Akali Dal leader said in the Lok Sabha, “I declare that Harsimrat Kaur Badal will resign from the government.”