Must work as one: Kejriwal tells Punjab and Haryana


The Delhi Chief Minister said that he agrees that Centre should take a lead but requested Punjab Chief Minister to grant him time to discuss.

If I have got 20 million tonnes of paddy straw, if I ask the farmer to store this, farms will be covered with the paddy straw.

"Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation".

"It's a national problem and we need to find a solution", she said.

In a tweet put out on Wednesday, Kejriwal informed his followers on Twitter that he had sought meetings with the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana to find a solution to crop burning.

While North India continues to gasp for breath, Aam Aadmi Party MLA in Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira is being slammed on a Twitter for a video that he posted in October this year.

He urged the Centre to "rise to the occasion" and "come to the rescue" of the farmers with financial aid to compensate for stubble management. "It requires central govt intervention, at the earliest", he added. "Just my meeting with Delhi CM (Chief Minister) resolves nothing", Mr Singh said.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister's office on Thursday informed that the CM has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident management to check the risky trend of stubble burning.

Punjab CM has also requested the Prime Minister to convene meeting of Chief Ministers of the affected States along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue.

As Delhi and its suburbs literally inhaled poison for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, the government announced a slew of emergency measures to bring down the pollution level and protect the vulnerable.

It also issued a health advisory for high-risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments, asking them to avoid, among other things, early morning and evening walks.