Scores of farmers protesting against the new farm laws in Noida celebrated Lohri, the harvest festival, with 'revri', popcorns and bonfires in bone-chilling weather on Wednesday night.
Farmers belonging to Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) are camping at the Chilla border and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) have dug their heels at the Dalit Prerna Sthal since first week of December.
The festival of Lohri was celebrated by the protestors even as the minimum temperature plunged to 5 degrees Celsius, while the maximum was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius with dense fog during the morning hours, according to the weather department.
BKU (Lok Shakti) welcomed the Supreme Court's stand on the contentious issue but expressed dissatisfaction with the four-member committee formed by it.
The apex court had Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three new farm laws, enacted in September last year, till further orders, and announced the four-member panel to resolve the deadlock between protestors and the Centre.
Bhupinder Singh Mann, President of Bhartiya Kisan Union; Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sangthana, Maharashtra; Pramod Kumar Joshi, director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati have been named in the panel.
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision. But at the same time, we are sceptical about the members chosen in the panel because they have previously appeared to be in favour of the new laws," BKU (Lok Shakti) spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said.
"We mean no contempt of the apex court but ... ye to aisa hua jaisa billi ko doodh ki rakhwali ke liye laga diya ho (it is like having cats guard your milk)," Giri said, expressing apprehension over the panel's neutrality on the issue.
Around 50 members of BKU (Lok Shakti), including its chief Sheoraj Singh, celebrated the harvest festival at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida on Wednesday night, distributing 'revri', popcorns and performing rituals before the bonfire.