Air pollution: Arvind Kejriwal to meet Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh

Delhi air pollution

Delhi air pollution

Kejriwal said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called him and told him that the latter was in Delhi till tomorrow, but can not meet him in Delhi, citing "he (Khattar) was very busy". "It is in collective interest", Kejriwal tweeted tagging Punjab CM. He later tweeted: "Khattarji called". Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday".

As the air pollution in Delhi-NCR continues to be above the hazardous level, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday once again urged Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to spare some time to meet him. But the Aam Aadmi Party chief would travel to Chandigarh to discuss crop burning and other issues with the Haryana CM.

The ministry has asked the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to create awareness among the farmers about the harmful effects of straw burning and provide the necessary means to them for effective disposal of the stubble. ML Khattar also launched a scathing attack, saying what had Kejriwal done for "stubble burning over 40000 hectares of land in Delhi". "I believe that no single person, organisation, or government can improve the quality of air".

Quoting from Rabindranath Tagore's poem, "Where The Mind Is Without Fear", he said the bedrock of such a mechanism is a "mindset" where "words come out from the depth of truth".

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

In a letter to Kejriwal, released to media on Monday, Khattar said that a constructive mindset was required to deal with the issue of stubble burning by farmers and everyone had a role to play in this regard.

He said that satellite imagery data clearly showed substantial reduction in number of stubble burning cases in Haryana from 2014 onwards.

The development comes after Khattar wrote back to Kejriwal and said he was "likely" to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14.

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