Pollution: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh again refuses to meet Kejriwal

Delhi air pollution

Stubble burning in farms in Delhi's neighbouring states is a major contributor to the smog engulfing the capital, Kejriwal has alleged.

The bedrock of such a mechanism is a "mindset" where "words come out from the depth of truth", the Haryana chief minister said, adding that Kejriwal's letter inviting Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for discussions on reducing pollution contained no hint of such a mindset. "It is in collective interest", Kejriwal tweeted today. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday (sic)", Kejriwal had tweeted on Monday night. Both Mr Singh and ML Khattar have accused Mr Kejriwal of attempting to politicise the issue of pollution. He accused Mr Kejriwal, who heads the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab's principal opposition party, of trying to divert attention from his government's failure to check pollution in Delhi.

The problems faced by the national capital and Punjab on this count were completely different with no meeting ground, Singh maintained.

Amarinder added that he does not have luxury time like Kejriwal and that he (Kejriwal) should focus his attention on resolving issues instead of wasting his time by holding useless discussions.

The Punjab chief minister dubbed Kejriwal's proposed visit to Chandigarh as another example of him allegedly leaving Delhi in the midst of a crisis.

He had even described Kejriwal as "peculiar man", saying he did not understand the magnitude of the problem.

Earlier on Saturday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave the go-ahead to the Delhi Government for implementation of the Odd-Even scheme for vehicles for five days starting on November 13 in order to check air pollution in the city, reports said.

If the amount was adequately utilised, the problem of stubble burning in fields may have receded.

The Punjab Chief Minister's reply this evening was tweeted by his media adviser Raveen Thukral: "Stop politicising the #pollution issue, you know any meeting between us would be useless, and in any case now that the apex court is also seized of the matter, let us leave it to them and the central govt to find long-term solutions".

The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states have been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region during the winter season every year.

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