Stub­ble burn­ing: Ke­jri­wal to meet Khat­tar in Chandi­garh

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NEW DELHI: Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Mon­day said that he was look­ing for­ward to meet Haryana Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar. “Khat­tar jee ac­cepted, he is in Delhi till Tues­day, says he is very busy and can not meet me in Delhi. He has asked me to come to Chandi­garh on Wed­nes­day. I look for­ward to meet­ing him in Chandi­garh on Wed­nes­day,” tweeted Ke­jri­wal.

While ac­cept­ing Ke­jri­wal's ap­peal for a meet­ing on the is­sue, Khat­tar stated that he was avail­able in New Delhi on Novem­ber 13 and 14 for a meet­ing and there­after in Chandi­garh to dis­cuss the is­sue. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that Ke­jri­wal had writ­ten a let­ter to Pun­jab and Haryana chief min­is­ters to dis­cuss the is­sue of stub­ble burn­ing.

The prac­tice of burn­ing of crop residue by farm­ers of the two states have been blamed for the toxic smog en­velop­ing the re­gion dur­ing the win­ter sea­son ev­ery year.

In a let­ter to Ke­jri­wal, re­leased to me­dia on Mon­day, Khat­tar said that a con­struc­tive mind­set was re­quired to deal with the is­sue of stub­ble burn­ing by farm­ers and every­one had a role to play in this re­gard. “Un­for­tu­nately, your let­ter con­tains no hint of such a mind­set. 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.

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