Chandigarh, November 13: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday accused his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal of playing “pollution politics” and asked him to “rise above vote-bank politics”.
“I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. There is no response from your office on meeting,” Khattar replied to Kejriwal and asked him, “There are 40,000 farmers in Delhi. What are you doing about them?” NDTV reported.
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.
Khattar further questioned Kejriwal over the steps taken against stubble burning by farmers in Delhi, and conveyed the Union Agriculture Minister’s information that Haryana has allocated Rs 39 crore towards crop residue management, out of Rs 45 crore funds.
“Punjab has not spent even a paisa out of its allocation of Rs 97.58 crore,” 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 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying the issue of pollution crisis was a much bigger issue involving all states contributing to pollution.
With inputs from Agencies