Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Delhi air pollution: Arvind Kejriwal to meet Manohar Lal Khattar today

Delhi air pollution: Arvind Kejriwal to meet Manohar Lal Khattar today

Amid the angry exchanges over the pollution issue in the national capital, Kejriwal urged his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday to meet as the former will be in Chandigarh on Wednesday. "Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM".

The Delhi government is blaming stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the smog and air pollution in the national capital and surrounding areas which have led to environment and health concerns for people.

Delhi Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai on November 13 took on the Central Govt and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the increasing levels of air pollution in the National Capital.

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Singh said the pollution problems faced by Delhi and Punjab were completely different with no meeting ground. Tribune News ServiceNew Delhi, November 14Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said once ration vending machine was installed, it would solve the problems of theft of ration and customer would get right quantity of ration items. Would be grateful if you could spare some time to meet me.

However, Amarinder turned down Kejriwal and accused him of leaving his state in the middle of a major crisis.

The Punjab CM said he failed to understand why his Delhi counterpart was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be meaningless and futile. "How else can one explain Kejriwal's desperation to seek a meeting with me at this juncture, especially when I had categorically rejected such a suggestion earlier", Singh claimed.

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He went on to add that satellite imagery data showed substantial reduction in the number of stubble burning fires in Haryana since 2014.

Kejriwal had recently said that keeping political differences aside, the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning which leads to high pollution every year.

Blasting Kejriwal, the Punjab CM said: "Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation".

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