After going back and forth over the smoggy conditions in the National Capital Region for nearly a week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that he would meet his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Khattar said he was in Delhi for two days, and Kejriwal could meet him at any time, but reminded the Delhi CM that "while Punjab has not spent even a paisa out its allocation of Rs 97.58 crore, Haryana has used Rs 39 crore of the allocation of Rs 45 crore released for crop residue management". "Mr Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", the Punjab Chief Minister had said.Amarinder Singh holds that the meeting of chief ministers suggested by Arvind Kejriwal will serve no goal.
Kejriwal had recently said that keeping political differences aside, the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning which leads to high pollution every year.
The Commission was "anguished" that Kejriwal had committed such a violation of the model code for the second time (during the Goa Assembly polls) despite a warning issued to him during the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday (sic)", Kejriwal tweeted.
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Rai taunted, "We didn't know that the chief minister of Haryana has renounced all his responsibilities (towards curbing crop burning)".
He added that no single person, organisation or government could improve the quality of air. "Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit". "And more importantly, a strong mechanism is needed to enhance the outcome of such constructive steps", wrote Khattar. "Your reference to the helplessness of farmers in Punjab and Haryana in stubble burning betrays an inability to rise above short-term electoral interests".
Last week, Kejriwal sought a meeting with his Haryana and Punjab counterparts to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and neighbouring states. "Your assertion that "the governments have failed to provide them economically viable solutions" gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard".