Harsimrat Kaur Badal


Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Harsimrat Kaur Badal.jpg
Minister for Food Processing Industries
In office
26 May 2014 – 17 September 2020
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKrishna Tirath
Succeeded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
13 May 2009
Preceded byParamjit Kaur Gulshan
Personal details
Born (1966-07-25) 25 July 1966 (age 55)
New Delhi, India
Political partyShiromani Akali Dal
(m. 1991)
RelativesParkash Singh Badal (father-in-law)
Bikram Singh Majithia (brother)

Harsimrat Kaur Badal (born 25 July 1966) is an Indian politician and a former Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Industries in the Government of India[1] and Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from Bathinda. She is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal Party.[2] Her husband Sukhbir Singh Badal is former deputy chief minister of Punjab and the president of Shiromani Akali Dal.[3] She resigned from the cabinet on 17 September 2020 to protest against few farmer related ordinances and legislation.[4]

Personal life

Badal was born on 25 July 1966 to Satyajit and Sukhmanjus Majithia in Delhi. She is a matriculate and holds a diploma in textile design.[5] She married Sukhbir Singh Badal on 21 November 1991.[6] The couple have two daughters and a son. Her brother Bikram Singh Majithia is an Akali MLA from Majitha[6] and an ex minister in the Punjab state government led by her father-in-law Parkash Singh Badal.

Early life and education

Badal is born into a family that traces its roots to Attar Singh Majithia, a prominent general in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army. Born and brought up in New Delhi, Badal did her schooling from Loreto Convent School, New Delhi. She later entered into the field of textile designing and pursued a three-year course in textile design.

Political career

Badal started her political career with the 2009 Indian general election. She was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Bathinda constituency after defeating Indian National Congress candidate Raninder Singh by 120,960 votes.[2] Her first speech was on 3 December 2009, where she expressed her concern about the victims and survivors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. She was part of a project named "Nanhi Chhan" to save girl child and trees.[7] Badal has been re-elected as an MP from Bathinda in 2014 having defeated Indian National Congress-People's Party of Punjab joint candidate, Manpreet Singh Badal. For this, she has been appointed in the Modi government as State Minister for Food Processing. She got elected for 3rd time in a row from Bathinda in 2019 Lok Sabha election. She defeated the Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in a close fight with around 21,000 votes.

In May 2019, she continued her Ministry of Food Processing Industries.[8]

She resigned from the cabinet on 17 September 2020 to protest against the new farm bills passed by the government.[4]

Harsimrat Kaur started the ‘Nanhi Chhan' project to combat the dropping of women's sex ratio in Punjab and to save the trees. This project is a fight against female foeticide and women's empowerment in the face of horrors in rural communities. This campaign operated in schools, colleges, gurudwaras, temples, churches, panchayats, and several municipal centers. Nanhi Chhaan helps women across the state form self-help groups (SHGs), which raise awareness not only about female feticide but also about other problems such as cancer, agriculture, farmer issues, environmental challenges, and the state's rapidly dwindling forest cover. The SHGs also assist the women in forming small companies and managing their savings more effectively. Through this project, 75 sewing facilities have been established in Punjabi villages, where more than 1900 girls have been trained in cloth sewing, knit weaving, and flowering.[9]

See also


  1. ^ HT Correspondent (26 May 2014). "Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal sworn in as food processing minister". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Constituency Wise Detailed Results (2009)." Electoral Commission of India, 2009. Page 112. Retrieved 30 October 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Politically Famous Better Halves: Sonia Gandhi, Poonam Sinha & Dimple Yadav". The Economic Times. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b PTI (18 September 2020). "Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Modi govt to protest farm bills". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  5. ^ Layak, Suman (10 July 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?". The Economic Times. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "15th Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile Archived 20 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine" Government of India, 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Harsimrat Badal launches fifth phase of Nanhi Jaan project". Punjab Newsline. Punjab, India. 9 March 2009. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  8. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers". Mint. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  9. ^ "'Mahila Maharati' of Punjab politics- Harsimrat Kaur Badal". Truescoop News. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Bathinda

2009 – present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Charan Das Mahant
As Minister of State
Minister of Food Processing Industries
26 May 2014 – 17 September 2020
Succeeded by

External links

Official website of Harsimrat Badal