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Resign if you don't have a solution: BJP to CM Kejriwal on Delhi pollution

BJP leaders on Wednesday demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation over his alleged failure to control pollution in Delhi and claimed the city's air quality improved after Diwali

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi Air Pollution

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BJP leaders on Wednesday demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation over his alleged failure to control pollution in Delhi and claimed the city's air quality improved after Diwali.
BJP MP and former Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari said the city's air quality index (AQI) levels were worse before Diwali. The AQI had improved after the festival, showing that Diwali is not to be blamed for pollution in Delhi, he said.
"Before Diwali, the AQI was 330 and after Diwali this morning (Wednesday) it is 306. (This is) the benefits of bursting green crackers. So those who were blaming Diwali should now worry that if the pollution gets worse from now on then don't blame it on Diwali," Tiwari said in a tweet in Hindi on Wednesday.
Delhi's air quality improved on Wednesday morning due to favourable wind speed but it remained in the 'poor' category.
The AQI stood at 255 at 10.10 am, improving from 303 at 4 pm on Tuesday. It was recorded at 312 at 4 pm on Monday, the day of Diwali.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
The BJP's West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh, on the other hand, demanded Kejriwal's resignation for his failure to control pollution.
"Arvind ji, if your paid news is over on pollution, then also say something on it. Why are you telling so many lies everyday? If you do not have a solution to pollution, then leave the post of the CM," Singh tweeted in Hindi.
Singh's tweet was in response to pollution-related pictures posted on social media that claimed Delhi's AQI had hit the 'very poor' category.
Reacting to the same pictures, party spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga said Diwali and crackers were not responsible for Delhi's deteriorating air quality.
"No one was burning crackers yesterday (Tuesday). Once again proved Diwali is not responsible for Pollution in Delhi. Kejriwal failed to provide any solution in Delhi and just to save his image he was blaming Hindus and crackers. Kejriwal Model is Fraud, Kejriwal is Fraud," Bagga tweeted.
The air quality in the neighbouring cities of Ghaziabad (262), Noida (246), Greater Noida (196), Gurugram (242) and Faridabad (243) were in the 'moderate' to 'poor' category.
In the last two years, Delhi and its neighbouring areas witnessed severe air quality post Diwali, usually celebrated in November, with intense smog enveloping the region for days as stubble burning peaks during the month while low temperatures and calm winds trap pollutants.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Oct 26 2022 | 2:02 PM IST

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