New Delhi, November 13: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defended himself saying that his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar was very busy and could not meet him in the national capital. The remarks came hours after Khattar said that there was no response from Kejriwal’s office on meeting and accused him of playing “pollution politics’.

“Khattar ji called. He is in Delhi till tomorrow. Says he is very busy and can’t meet me in Delhi. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday.”

Asking Kejriwal to “rise above vote-bank politics”, Khattar said, “I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. There is no response from your office on meeting.” He also asked, “There are 40,000 farmers in Delhi. What are you doing about them?”

In response to Kejriwal’s allegation that the main reason for air pollution in the national capital is the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, Khattar said that a collective action was needed, and further commented that Kejriwal’s letter betrayed his “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.

On November 8, Kejriwal had sent a letter to chief ministers of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states, urging them to work jointly to resolve the air pollution issue.

Thereafter, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident.

Singh also refuted any possibility of a meeting with Kejriwal, saying the issue of pollution crisis was a much bigger issue involving all states contributing to pollution.

With inputs from Agencies