New Delhi, Nov 14: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yet again sought time from Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for a meeting over stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana that causes smog in adjoining states. He wrote in a tweet that he was coming to Chandigarh to meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and he would be grateful if he could meet him too.
“Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest,” he wrote.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has been rejecting Kejriwal’s appeals for a meeting to address the issue of crop burning. He had earlier taken a swipe at the Delhi Chief Minister, saying he had views on matters he had little understanding in.
“You tell me, what is the point of meeting him, when the solution to the current crisis does not lie in his or my hands? A meeting between just the two of us makes no sense to me, unless it is facilitated by the Centre and involves the CMs of other states,” he had told the Print.
“The only point on which I can think of engaging with Kejriwal is the financial aid, which he has indicated he may be willing to provide for Punjab to deal with the problem of stubble burning. He has enquired about the cost involved in providing the farmers with an alternative, and if he is willing to foot the bill, then maybe there is something to discuss,” he had added.
Kejriwal had attacked the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana recently, saying they had no time to discuss the issue of crop burning. In response, the Punjab CM had called him a peculiar person. ML Khattar also launched a scathing attack, saying what had Kejriwal done for “stubble burning over 40000 hectares of land in Delhi. ”