Kejriwal seeks meeting with Amarinder over pollution

In a tweet, Kejriwal had sought meeting with his Punjab counterpart, stating that he was coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM and would be grateful if he could could spare sometime to meet him.

Singh said that Kejriwal's tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known, PTI reported.

"Khattar ji called. He is in Del till tomo".

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the pollution problem at the national capital, calling the latter a "peculiar man". Congress, too, had condemned his statement.The poll panel had directed that a complaint be lodged against the AAP leader under the provisions of Representation of the People Act dealing with bribing voters and relevant sections of IPC.Contending that the poll panel order was like a gag order against him, Kejriwal has sought "remedy and restoration of his fundamental rights to express himself for the betterment of the public at large and for the society".

Meanwhile, the national capital on Tuesday saw improvement in the air quality with six out of 15 regions recording "very poor" levels rather than "severe" for the first time in the past week. "Your assertion that the governments (Punjab and Haryana) have failed to provide them economically viable solution gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard", Khattar said.

"I write this in response to your letter dated November 8".

"We have taken all possible steps in Haryana".

With wind speed nearly doubling as compared to last week and chances of drizzle in NCR and neighbouring states, the air quality is set to improve further, falling under "very poor" or "poor" category, experts said, as per IANS.

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

He said unlike Punjab, Delhi's problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by "mismanaged" transportation and "unplanned" industrial development. 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.

He cited "publicly available satellite imagery data" and said they showed substantial reduction in stubble burning cases and fires from 2014 onwards in Haryana.

Khattar said he was likely to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14.

Vanessa Coleman

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