ALSO READIn pics: Delhiites brave dense smog, schools shut till Sunday Delhi smog: NHRC sends notices to Centre, govts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana Delhi smog: NGT bans construction, industrial work and top 10 developments Delhi air deteriorates: Primary schools shut till Sunday, govt may bring back odd-even
Responding in the affirmative to a written request by Kejriwal, the Haryana Chief Minister wrote back on Friday, saying that he would be in the national capital from afternoon of November 13 till forenoon of November 14, and in Chandigarh thereafter. Further, he asked Kejriwal to "call [him] to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time, and venue for the meeting."
In response to Delhi Chief Minister's allegation that the main reason for air pollution in the national capital is the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, Khattar said that a collective action was needed, and further commented that Kejriwal's letter betrayed his "inability to rise above short term electoral interests."
"Your assertion 'the Governments have failed to provide them economically viable solution' gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard," he added.
Khattar further questioned Kejriwal over the steps taken against stubble burning by farmers in Delhi, and conveyed the Union Agriculture Minister's information that Haryana has allocated Rs 39 Crore towards crop residue management, out of Rs 45 crore funds.
"Punjab has not spent even a paisa out of its allocation of Rs 97.58 crore," he added.
Thereafter, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident.
Singh also refuted any possibility of a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying the issue of pollution crisis was a much bigger issue involving all states contributing to pollution.