New Delhi: Akali Dal's only Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet today as her party faced heat from farmers over its initial support to ally BJP's farm sector bills. The minister, who was part of the cabinet meet that cleared the bills, stepped down shortly before the voting in Lok Sabha, tweeting that she was "Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter & sister".
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal said they would support the government from outside but oppose "anti-farmer policies". Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, however, pointed out that the Akalis still stand with the BJP and called the resignation a "gimmick".
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