Harsimrat Kaur Badal
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 56)
New Delhi, India
Political partyShiromani Akali Dal
(m. 1991)
RelativesParkash Singh Badal (father-in-law)
Bikram Singh Majithia (brother)
Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia (grandfather)
Majithia Sirdars

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 Singh Majithia and Sukhmanjus Majithia in Delhi.[5][6] She did her schooling from Loreto Convent School, Delhi.[7] She is a matriculate and holds a diploma in textile design.[8] She married Sukhbir Singh Badal on 21 November 1991.[5] The couple have two daughters and a son. Her brother Bikram Singh Majithia is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal, a former MLA from Majitha[5] and an ex minister in the Punjab state government led by her father-in-law Parkash Singh Badal.

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.[9] 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 was 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.[10]

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

Business career

Badal and her family have direct or indirect interests in any array of businesses.[11] Members of the Badal family, including Harsimrat's father-in-law and husband have ownership interests in Orbit Resorts, Metro Eco Green Resorts, Saanjh Foundation, Falcon Properties, Dabwali Transport and Orbit Aviation.[12] Her maternal family controls Saraya Industries, Ajnala Power, and Batala Power. Her husband holds a majority stake in the Punjabi language PTC television network.[13][14]

Social work

In September 2008, Kaur started the "Nanhi Chhan" project to combat against female foeticide in Punjab, women empowerment and to save the trees. It operates in schools, colleges, gurudwaras, temples, churches, and municipal centers. Through this project many girls and women in Punjab villages have been trained in cloth sewing, knitting and flowering.[15][16]

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. ^ a b c "Badal, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Harsimrat Kaur Badal| National Portal of India". www.india.gov.in. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal takes charge as Union Minister of Food Processing Industries". pib.gov.in. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers". Mint. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  11. ^ Rajshekhar, M. (29 March 2016). "Almost every business in Punjab leads back to an Akali Dal leader". Quartz. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  12. ^ Malik, Aman (13 May 2014). "The business interests of Harsimrat Kaur Badal". Mint. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  13. ^ Vasudeva, Ravinder (3 February 2016). "Honcho of Badal-owned PTC 'steers' Punjab PR dept's meet with NRI media". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  14. ^ Kirpal, Raman (20 January 2012). "Not on TRP radar, yet govt ad windfall for Badal family channel". Firstpost. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  15. ^ "'Mahila Maharati' of Punjab politics- Harsimrat Kaur Badal". Truescoop News. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Harsimrat marks 11th anniv of 'Nanhi Chhaan'". Tribune India. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
Lok Sabha Preceded byParamjit Kaur Gulshan Member of Parliamentfor Bathinda 2009 – present Succeeded byIncumbent Political offices Preceded byCharan Das MahantAs Minister of State Minister of Food Processing Industries 26 May 2014 – 17 September 2020 Succeeded byNarendra Singh Tomar

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