The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The Minister resigned over the passage of the controversial farmer bills this week. The Lok Sabha, through voice vote, on Thursday passed two controversial legislations — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. It has already passed Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.
“I said government should bring the bills after consultation with stakeholders, what is politics in this? Farmers are agitating not only in Punjab but also in Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Maharashtra. There is opposition in South India” said Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
“The President of India, as advised by Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Union Council with immediate effect,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement on Thursday.
The President further directed that the Cabinet Ministry of Food Processing will now be given to the Cabinet Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who was also advised by PM Modi.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar was the one behind moving the bill in the lower house on Thursday. He had assured all members that farmers will be able to get better prices for their produce and the Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement system will continue.
I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter & sister.