Kejriwal seeks meeting with Amarinder over pollution

Delhi air pollution

After scheduling a Wednesday meeting with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh, on Tuesday morning Kejriwal tweet-invited Punjab chief minister Capt Amrinder Singh to consider his request in "collective interest".

The weird case of three chief ministers meeting to find a solution to the deadly Delhi smog continues, with Punjab's Amarinder Singh today refusing to meet his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.

Mr Khattar had said earlier that while he would be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday, "there is no response from your office on meeting", to which Mr Kejriwal tweeted, "Sir, my office is constantly trying to fix meeting". The Air Quality Index reading in several areas in Delhi was above 500.

Tomorrow, Mr Kejirwal is set to meet ML Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, with whom an appointment was fixed after a unusual back-and-forth; both said publicly that while they were willing to meet, the other side seemed unavailable.

He said he would continue to pursue with the Centre the matter of compensatory allowance for farmers to enable them to opt for alternatives to the practice of stubble burning.

With wind speed nearly doubling as compared to last week and chances of drizzle in NCR and neighbouring states, the air quality is set to improve further, falling under "very poor" or "poor" category, experts said, as per IANS. "What steps have been taken to keep them from stubble burning?".

"Unfortunately, your letter contains no hint of such a mind set".

As Delhi and the national capital region breathes in hazardous air, it has now come to light that Punjab did not spend a penny out of the central funds allocated for crop residue management.

In Chandigarh, Mr Singh said he "failed to understand why the Delhi Chief Minister is trying to force my hand, knowing well that any such discussion will be meaningless and futile".

He said Kejriwal should stop politicising the serious issue of stubble burning. "You may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting".

Further, the Punjab CM alleged that Kejriwal was "trying to divert" public attention from his government's "failure" to check the problem of pollution in Delhi, as exposed in the National Green Tribunal's response to the "ill-conceived" odd-even scheme.

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