Smog politics: Khattar and Kejriwal locked in freaky war of words


Khattar on Monday tweeted a copy of a letter he sent to Kejriwal on November 10, asking him to "rise above short-term electoral gains" and focus on collective action in the fight against pollution.

Days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal got into a public spat with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, he traded charges with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar over the health emergency in the National Capital Region. Official sources told UNI that militants attacked a police party at Kajwar, Handwara in Kupwara. "I have been seeking a meeting with both Haryana and Punjab chief ministers since yesterday, but I have not received any response", Kejriwal had said.

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

In his letter, Mr. Khattar had questioned the measures taken by the Delhi government to stop crop burning, saying that there was about 40,000 hectares under cultivation.

Last week, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the situation warranted Centre's intervention as it has inter-state implications. "You (Kejriwal) may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote.

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

Taking a jibe at Amarinder, Khattar said his government spent over Rs 39 crore out of the sanctioned Rs 45 crore to tackle crop residue burning, whereas Punjab has not used any fund of its allotted Rs 98 crore to check the same. I believe no single person, organisation or government can improve the quality of air. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. In fact, your reference to the helplessness of farmers in Punjab and Haryana in stubble burning betrays an inability to rise above short term electoral interests.

"Your assertion "the governments have failed to provide them economically viable solution" gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard", he added.

Kejriwal has blamed the burning of crop stubble in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab for most of the pollution. Says he is v busy n can't meet me in Del.