Protesting farmers on Wednesday burnt copies of the three farm laws to mark the festival of Lohri, a day after the Supreme Court had stayed their implementation, even as Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said the government is in favour of continuing talks with the protesting farmer groups as it believes a solution can be found only through dialogue. Some 100,000 copies of the laws were burnt at the Singhu border, said Paramjeet Singh, leader of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a group spearheading the protests. Lohri is widely celebrated in Punjab and Haryana to mark the harvesting of Rabi crops. People traditionally celebrate it by circling around bonfires, throwing food items — peanuts, puffed rice, popcorn etc — into the fire, singing folk songs, dancing and feasting on the festive food. “The celebrations can wait. We will celebrate all these festivals the day our demand of repealing of these black laws are met by the Centre,” said 65-year old Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who hails from Haryana’s Karnal district.
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