"Khattar ji called. He is in Del till tomo".
More than 50 residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Monday arrived at Chakkan-da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch-Rawlakote "Peace Bus" on the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister and Arvind Kejriwal, his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar asked the AAP convenor what steps he has taken to end stubble-burning by farmers as air pollution peaked to alarming levels. Official sources told UNI that militants attacked a police party at Kajwar, Handwara in Kupwara.
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.
Mr. Kejriwal had written to both the Haryana Chief Minister and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on November 8, asking to set up a meeting to discuss the prevailing pollution.
Asking Kejriwal to "rise above vote-bank politics", Khattar said, "I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday".
"In fact, your reference to the helplessness of farmers in Punjab and Haryana in stubble burning betrays an inability to rise above short-term electoral interests", the Haryana chief minister wrote. "Mr Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", the Punjab Chief Minister had said.Amarinder Singh holds that the meeting of chief ministers suggested by Arvind Kejriwal will serve no objective. "You (Kejriwal) may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote.
Khattar further said that his government spent over Rs 39 crore out of the sanctioned Rs 45 crore to tackle the issue of crop burning, whereas neighbour state Punjab has not used any fund of its allotted Rs 98 crores to check crop burning. "Such problems require collective action and everyone should do their bit". "What steps have been taken to keep them from burning stubble?" In his letter, Mr. Khattar said he was in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday and was open to a meeting with Mr. Kejriwal. Mr. Kejriwal said the Haryana Chief Minister had asked him to meet in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The farmers of both states have been blamed for this toxic smog.
Kejriwal had recently said that keeping political differences aside, the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning which leads to high pollution every year.