The protesting farmers at Singhu border on Wednesday burned the copies of the three farm laws to symbolically mark Lohri, a major festival in Punjab which marks the beginning of spring.
Lohri is one of the biggest festivals for the farmers of Punjab as it marks the crucial season of harvest. Traditionally, the day is filled with fun, family and the pious bonfire. But this year, the farmers of Punjab have transformed the festival of Lohri into another day of protest. While burning the copies of farm laws, the agitators also said that their protest will continue until the government repeals the new laws.
Copies of the laws were also burnt at several places in Punjab and protests held at Amritsar. “We burnt the copies of the farm laws as a mark of protest against these legislations,” said Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee’s general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher in Amritsar.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had stayed the three farm laws and set up a four-member panel to make recommendations on the legislations after listening to all stakeholders. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde gave the panel two months to submit its report, which would help the court arrive at a “fair, equitable and just solution”.
However, the protestors have unanimously rejected the development and said that the committee formed by the apex court is very pro-government. They said that they will not move an inch from any border sites around Delhi. In fact, some media reports also said that the farmers were preparing for the Republic Day showdown with large number of tractors and even horses.
Meanwhile, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to discuss the protests in the state over the legislations. The meeting comes a day after Dushyant and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held talks with Union home minister Amit Shah.