Arvind Kejriwal A Peculiar Person, Says Amarinder Singh In Delhi Smog Row

Air quality in Delhi still ‘severe’ NGT pulls up AAP government for rising levels of pollution

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a "peculiar person" as both the leaders sparred on Twitter over increasing pollution levels in Delhi-NCR due to crop burning in Punjab and Haryana. "Mr Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", said the Chief Minister.

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.

While Kejriwal insisted on an urgent meeting with his Punjab and Haryana counterparts, Amarinder Singh said that the issue can only be solved by the Central Government.

Mr Kejriwal had earlier commented that using force would not help end the farm burning problem in Punjab and Haryana, which is choking Delhi.

Kejriwal said 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.

"All of us (North Indian states) will have to keep politics aside and work together to tackle this huge problem of pollution", he added.


The Delhi Chief Minister said that he agrees that Centre should take a lead but requested Punjab Chief Minister to grant him time to discuss.

Dense smog continued to hang over Delhi and the National Capital Region for the fourth day today, leaving people gasping for breath during the morning hours.

Punjab CM has also requested the Prime Minister to convene meeting of Chief Ministers of the affected States along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue.

However, Amarinder Singh said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won't help. "Just my meeting with Delhi CM resolves nothing", Singh said.

As air pollution hit alarming levels in Delhi, major city hospitals on November 8 experienced a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria comparing the situation to the killer Great Smog of London in 1952.

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