Amid Arvind Kejriwal attack, Manohar Lal Khattar asks: What about your farmers?
Nov 14 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
Kejriwal said the two governments had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning.Hitting out at Kejriwal in a letter on Friday, the Haryana CM asked what steps he had taken to end stubble burning by farmers in the capital.
Hearing a plea seeking an urgent ban on stubble burning, believed to be the main cause of worsening smog, the Supreme Court on Monday said an "emergency-like situation" existed in Delhi and surrounding areas. To which Kejriwal tweeted, saying his office has been trying to contact him for a long time.
The bedrock of such a mechanism is a "mindset" where "words come out from the depth of truth", the Haryana chief minister said, adding that Kejriwal's letter inviting Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for discussions on reducing pollution contained no hint of such a mindset.
"Khattar ji called. He is in Del till tomo". Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi. But the Aam Aadmi Party chief would travel to Chandigarh to discuss crop burning and other issues with the Haryana CM. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday.
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"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?" The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.
"What steps did Kejriwal take for stubble burning over 40000 hectares of land in Delhi", asked Khattar in a letter addressed to Kejriwal through a letter. Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit.
Singh also requested the prime minister to convene a meeting on the issue among chief ministers of the affected states, along with the Union ministers for agriculture, food and environment. "We direct all the pollution control boards and departments concerned of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ensure that there is no stubble burning anymore", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.