Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has termed his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal a ‘peculiar person,’ who has his viewpoint on everything.
Responding to Delhi Chief Mnister Arvind Kejriwal’s request for a meeting to discuss the alarming rise in the air pollution, he said, “Mr Kejriwal is a very peculiar person…he has his own viewpoints on everything without understanding the situation.”
His comments came hours after he had snubbed Kejriwal for his meeting request to discuss ways to tackle air pollution. Singh added, “If I have got 20 million tonnes of paddy straw, if I ask the farmer to store this, farms will be covered with the paddy straw. Mr Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem.”
Kejriwal on Wednesday had sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss ways to tackle the alarming air pollution levels in Delhi. Singh, however, snubbed his meeting meeting request by saying that the alarming rise in pollution was not a matter of ‘inter-state’ discussion.
Earlier Kejriwal also wrote letters to Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stating that the governments in the neighbouring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.
Delhi’s air quality was the season’s worst on Tuesday as the combined effect of smoke from stubble burning — setting fire to straw stubble after a harvest — and moisture turned the city into what Kejriwal called a “gas chamber”.
“You are aware about the poor air quality in Delhi. It has become difficult to breath. Delhi has become a gas chamber and I had to order the closure of schools in Delhi to save young children from the adverse effect of poor air quality,” Kejriwal said in identical letters to Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana and Captain Amarinder Singh of Punjab.