President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted Harsiat Kaur Badal’s resignation as Minister of Food Processing Industries and Narendra Singh Tomar has been assigned the additional charge of her ministry, according to a press release.
“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Smt. Harsiat Kaur Badal from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution,” said a communique issued on Friday.
Badal tendered her resignation from the Union Cabinet on Thursday in protest of new legislation that sought to liberalise the agricultural markets.
“I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister,” she had tweeted.
The presidential communique also said: “Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, The President has directed that Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, in addition to his existing portfolios.”
The Lok Sabha passed the Agri Bills on Thursday .
Reacting on the resignation of Harsiat Kaur Badal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that she resigned under the pressure of Punjab’s local politics. However, the party still hopes that the matter will be resolved after discussion with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
BJP spokesperson on economic affairs Gopal Kirshna Agarwal told, “The three agricultural bills passed in the Parliament on Thursday will benefit the farmers. But the way the Congress has spread lies in Punjab, I think the SAD has also come under the pressure of local politics that’s why Harsiat Kaur resigned. The SAD is also aware about the benefits to farmers from the bills.”
Agarwal said we are continuously exposing the lies being spread about the bills. Parties like Congress are lying that the minimum support price (MSP) has been scrapped while it has nothing to with all the three bills. Not only MSP but APMC is also not been scrapped.”