The Real Reason Behind The Minister's Resignation

Delhi political circles are hotly debating as to why BJP's trusted ally Akali Dal is angry with the agrarian reforms that the party had brought it. They are trying to probe deeper into the reasons for the resignation of Akali minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Even her husband Sukhbir Badal had strongly opposed the BJP's new farm reforms.

The reason lies not so much in the love for farmers but in the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. The state will go to polls in 18 months and both the parties are haggling for the seats. In the last assembly elections,  the BJP was given 23 seats while Akali Dal contested from 94 seats. But, the alliance lost and the Congress romped home with a comfortable majority. Many in the BJP then felt that the alliance had actually harmed it. It felt that it had lost its traditional support base due to the Akalis. With the elections just a year-and-a-half away, the Akalis are using the resignations to bring pressure on the BJP over seat-sharing. The resignation is a strategy to build pressure on the BJP.

It is interesting to note that though Har Simrat Kaur has resigned from the Cabinet, her party continues to be in the NDA. In fact, it has clarified that it has no intention to withdraw from NDA.
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