New Delhi: Kisan agitation continues on the 49th day at different borders of Delhi. Farmers’ organizations are celebrating Lohri by burning copies of agricultural laws. Several copies of the laws have been published and distributed in Punjab and Haryana to burn them in villages and districts during the festival.
A farmer on the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana said, “Millions of copies of the agricultural law have been distributed among the farmers. In doing so, we are pressing the Center to demand the withdrawal of these agricultural laws.”
Lohri is a famous Punjabi festival, mostly celebrated in North India. Hindus traditionally light light bonfire during the festival, gather around the fire, sing and dance together.
The protesting farmers had earlier announced that they would celebrate Lohri by burning copies of farm laws at all protest sites in the evening. “We will celebrate Lohri by burning copies of farm laws on January 13,” farmer leaders Manjit Singh Rai had said at a press conference on the Indus border.
SC bans law
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed until further orders of the controversial agricultural laws. Formed a four-member committee to find a solution to break the contradictions between the central government and the peasant unions.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of about 40 protesting farmers’ unions, has called an immediate meeting to discuss its next course of action.
The protesting farmer unions refused to appear before a Supreme Court-appointed panel alleging that it was pro-government. The unions have called for the repeal of three controversial laws, raising doubts over the neutrality of committee members.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at several border points of Delhi for more than a month, demanding the abolition of all three laws.