Kaur said she tendered her resignation because she did not want to be part of the government, which passed the bill without addressing the apprehensions of thousands of people in the House which is the reason for her opposition.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the lone minister of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the Narendra Modi government, resigned on Thursday to protest the three agriculture bills passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha. Harcharan Bains, Principal Advisor to SAD Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal, said that he has submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Harsimrat Kaur said in a tweet, “I have resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and laws. Pleased to remain with ranchers as their little girl and sister.”
Kaur later said, “Thousands of farmers are on the streets. I did not want to be part of the government, which would pass the bill in the House without allaying the fear of the farmers.”
The MP wrote in a four-page resignation letter addressed to the PM, “My decision is a symbol of my party’s foresight, its splendid heritage and commitment to go to any extent to protect the interests of farmers.”
I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter & sister.— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) September 17, 2020
Next action will be taken by our party, for which there will be a meeting soon.”
Large-scale farmers’ protests in Punjab against these measures have brought the regional party to a standstill, under pressure from farmers by the resignation of their sole representative in the government. Kaur will be announced in the Lok Sabha in her speech during the discussion on two agricultural bills – the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Agriculture (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Bill. Which saved the government. Shortly thereafter, the Union Food Processing Industries Minister submitted his resignation.
In Parliament, Badal said that the proposed laws would “destroy” 50 years of hard work put in by the Punjab government to build the agricultural sector. Opposing the bills, he recalled the state’s massive contribution to making India self-sufficient in food production.
Badal also denied suggestions that his party had initially supported three ordinances that want to change the bill, and insisted that Kaur expressed his concerns in a cabinet meeting and that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar proposed legislation Also highlighted “flaws” in. Targeting the Congress, which tried to block SAD on these bills, it accused it of “double talk” and said the abolition of the APMC Act was part of the manifesto of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Punjab 2017 elections.
The SAD on Wednesday issued a whip to its MPs to vote against the ordinances, forcing farmers in Punjab to protest. It also opposed the earlier three Bills, which have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
Earlier in the day, the Congress said the laws of the agricultural sector defeated the purpose of the Green Revolution and said that “there will be a death for the fate of cultivating”, charging that Modi apportion is likened to a Covid scourge on life.Attacked. Does. Was doing and livelihood of farmers.
Protesting the bills, Congress MPs staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Parliament complex and raised slogans against the government. Some Congress MPs from Punjab also burnt copies of agricultural bills brought by the government inside the Parliament complex.
Farmers have protested against the three ordinances that the government is likely to promote and pass in the monsoon session. The government claims that these ordinances will give farmers better prices for their crops, for example legalizing contract farming.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in June stated that these ordinances would give farmers “the freedom to produce, hold, move, distribute and supply, leading to direct foreign exploitation on a large scale and in private sector economies / agriculture Will be in Investment. Area. This will help in investment in cold storage and modernization of food supply chain. “