Pollution: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh again refuses to meet Kejriwal


Notably, Delhi Chief Minister held "stubble" burning by neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, responsible for the alarming rise in pollution level and appealed his counterparts to hold joined talks on the matter.

The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states of Punjab and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter.

"Asking for a meeting again, Kejriwal had tweeted on Tuesday, "@capt_amarinder Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM. "It is in collective interest", he wrote.

Khattar said he was available in New Delhi on November 13 and 14 for a meeting and thereafter in Chandigarh to discuss the issue.

"You may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", Khattar had said in the letter.

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.

In Chandigarh, Singh claimed he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be "meaningless and futile". "The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count are completely divergent, with no meeting ground", said Amarinder, adding that unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development.

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.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Kejriwal had asked Singh to meet him in Chandigarh over stubble burning by farmers leading to smog and pollution in the national capital and surrounding areas.

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

Blasting Kejriwal, the Punjab CM said: "Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation".