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  News   Punjab  18 Sep 2020  President Kovind accepts Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation

President Kovind accepts Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Sep 18, 2020, 9:21 am IST
Updated Sep 18, 2020, 9:21 am IST
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Ram Nath Kovind
 Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who had resigned in protest against three farm sector bills.

The Shiromani Akali Dal leader resigned on Thursday.

Harsimrat Kaur BadalHarsimrat Kaur Badal

"The President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has accepted the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect," the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement.

Further, as advised by the prime minister, the president has directed that Cabinet Minister Narendra Singh Tomar be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Tomar holds multiple portfolios including the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development Ministry and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

President Ram Nath KovindPresident Ram Nath Kovind

"I have resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister," Badal tweeted, hours before the bills were passed by Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill.

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