Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Delhi pollution: After Punjab's Amarinder, Kejriwal trains guns Khattar over smog crisis

While accepting Kejriwal's appeal for a meeting on the issue, Khattar stated that he was available in New Delhi on 13 and 14 November for a meeting and thereafter in Chandigarh to discuss the issue.

New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) In view of the deteriorating pollution level in Delhi and its neighbouring states, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that he would go to Chandigarh on November 15, to meet his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss on the issue. Official sources told UNI that militants attacked a police party at Kajwar, Handwara in Kupwara. The remarks came hours after Khattar said that there was no response from Kejriwal's office on meeting and accused him of playing "pollution politics'. I look forward to meeting him", Kejriwal said.

Asking Kejriwal to "rise above vote-bank politics", Khattar said, "I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday". There are 40,000 farmers' families who cultivate as many hectares in Delhi. "You (Kejriwal) may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote.

The Haryana CM justified the role of his government in utilising Rs 39 crore of the sanctioned Rs 45 crore by the Centre, to handle the issue of stubble burning in Haryana. "Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit". He said he had written to the chief ministers of both states to put their heads together to find a solution, but had not been given an appointment by either."I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday , As Reported By NDTV". He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. "Your reference to the helplessness of farmers in Punjab and Haryana in stubble burning betrays an inability to rise above short-term electoral interests".

He said that satellite imagery data clearly showed substantial reduction in number of stubble burning cases in Haryana from 2014 onwards. "Your assertions that the government has failed to provide them economically-viable solutions gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard", Khattar said as he criticised the contents of Kejriwal's letter.

Stubble burning by farmers in Haryana and Punjab has led to a spike in pollution in Capital, and Kejriwal has been criticising the chief ministers of both states on social media for not doing enough to control it.

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