The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss the air pollution and issue of stubble burning, which is a major cause of the dreadful pollution in the national capital. The Delhi CM said in a tweet that he was looking forward to fruitful discussions with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
The Delhi chief minister arrived along with capital environment minister Imran Hussain in Chandigarh. The 49-year-old CM had earlier said that Khattar had called him to Chandigarh on Wednesday as he was very busy to meet in Delhi. Kejriwal had asked for a meeting with his counterparts from Punjab and Haryana to find some solution to stubble burning in neighboring states, which is a vital reason behind the disaster air quality of Delhi. The Delhi CM recently said that the Centre, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi governments should keep their political differences aside and work together to get a permanent solution to stubble burning.
The Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh again on Tuesday rejected the meeting with the Delhi CM, saying him not to “politicize” the serious matter. Captain alleged that he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, aware of the fact that any such discussion would be “meaningless and futile”. He also claimed that the Delhi CM was “trying to divert” public attention from his government’s “failure” to check the pollution of the national capital, as uncovered in the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) response to the “ill-conceived” odd-even scheme. On the other hand, Khattar had also asked Kejriwal in a letter on November 10 that what steps your government had taken to stop stubble burning by farmers in areas near the national capital.