Harsimrat Kaur Badal Union Minister of Food Processing Industries resigned on 17 September 2020. Badal resignation was to showcase her protest against the 3 farm sector bills that was introduced to reform the agriculture sector. Ram Nath Kovind 14th President of India has accepted her resignation on the advice of the PM Modi.

What is the issue?

  • The 4th Session of 17th Loksabha passed 3 farm sector bills,
  1. Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) bill,
  2. Farmers (Empowerment and protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services bill
  3. Essential Commodities (amendment) bill.
  • The political parties have been protesting against the 3 farm sector bill stating that the bills would only help big corporates and not the small farmers.
  • Amid the protest in Punjab, Harsimrat kaur Badal has resigned.

Constitutional Provisions on Resignation

  • Third Schedule of GoI (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961- It states that the PM and other ministers of the union shall resign by submitting a letter to the President of India.
  • The President can reject or accept the resignation as advised by the PM.
  • However, since there is a provision of taking 2 oaths. One before the Chairman of Rajya Sabha (Upper House) or Speaker of Lok Sabha (Lower House) as a member and second before the President as a minister. So, if the representative is resigning as the minister, it does not affect the Membership of Parliament.

Thus, even though Harsimrat Kaur Badal has resigned as Minister. She is still the MP. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Resigns as Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Resigns as Union Minister