Smog screen: 3 states, 3 par­ties and a thick­en­ing po­lit­i­cal plot

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: The smog screen over na­tional cap­i­tal may be thin­ning but the po­lit­i­cal plot is thick­en­ing. The fact that the three neigh­bour­ing states --- Delhi, Haryana and Pun­jab --- are ruled by three dif­fer­ent par­ties has not helped mat­ters.

Af­ter tweets fly­ing back and forth be­tween Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and his Haryana coun­ter­part Manohar Lal Khat­tar on Mon­day over their re­spec­tive teams try­ing to “reach out” to the other for a meet­ing at Delhi, the AAP leader tweeted that he will be com­ing down to meet Khat­tar in Chandi­garh on Wed­nes­day.The Delhi CM will be meet­ing Khat­tar at 11.40 am at the Haryana civil sec­re­tar­iat.

On Tues­day, Ke­jri­wal tweeted to Pun­jab CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh too to spare some time. “Sir, I am com­ing to Chandi­garh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grate­ful if u cud spare some­time to meet me. It is in col­lec­tive in­ter­est.” Amarinder re­sponded through a press state­ment by ask­ing Ke­jri­wal not to “politice a se­ri­ous is­sue”.

Amarinder, who had turned down Ke­jri­wal’s of­fer for a meet­ing last Wed­nes­day, once again snubbed the Delhi CM say­ing he failed to un­der­stand why the AAP leader was try­ing to force his hand, know­ing well that any such dis­cus­sion would be “mean­ing­less and fu­tile”.

“Ke­jri­wal’s ten­dency to in­dulge in petty street pol­i­tics was well-known. The AAP leader was ev­i­dently try­ing to di­vert pub­lic at­ten­tion from his own gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure in Delhi to check the prob­lem of pol­lu­tion,” Amarinder said.

Claim­ing that the prob­lems faced by Delhi and Pun­jab were com­pletely di­ver­gent, with no meet­ing ground. “Un­like Pun­jab, the Delhi prob­lem was the r esult mainly of ur­ban pol­lu­tion caused by mis­man­aged trans­porta­tion and un­planned in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. In­stead of fo­cus­ing all his at­ten­tion on re­solv­ing these is­sues, Ke­jri­wal wanted to waste time hold­ing use­less dis­cus­sions,” he said , adding that he did not have the same lux­ury of time.

The Pun­jab chief min­is­ter said stub­ble burn­ing is not a po­lit­i­cal is­sue as Ke­jri­wal was try­ing to project it as but was an eco­nomic prob­lem cry­ing for eco­nomic so­lu­tions, which the cen­tral gov­ern­ment alone is in a po­si­tion to pro­vide.

KEJRI IN CHANDI­GARH TO MEET KHAT­TAR TODAY, ASKS CAPT TOO TO SPARE SOME TIME; PUN­JAB CM SNUBS HIM AGAIN, SAYS DON’T POLITICISE IS­SUE

Manohar Lal Khat­tar

Capt Amarinder Singh

Arvind Ke­jri­wal

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