Delhi smog: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh refuses to meet Arvind Kejriwal, says has no time

“The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count were completely divergent, with no meeting ground. Unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development,” the statement said.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: November 15, 2017 11:31 am
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder refuses to meet Arvind Kejriwal, says has no time Delhi smog: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said he “did not have the same luxury of time” that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has refused to meet his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal over the issue of paddy stubble burning contributing to smog in Delhi, saying he “did not have the same luxury of time.” In a statement issued on Tuesday after a tweet by Kejriwal seeking a meeting with Amarinder, the Punjab CM said Kejriwal was trying to politicise a serious issue. The statement quoted Amarinder as saying that he failed to understand why the Delhi CM 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 statement quoted the Punjab CM saying, adding that the AAP leader was evidently “trying to divert public attention from his own government’s failure in Delhi to check the problem of pollution, as exposed by the response of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the ill-conceived odd-even scheme”.

“The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count were completely divergent, with no meeting ground. Unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development,” the statement said.

“As far as stubble burning was concerned, it was not a political issue that Kejriwal was trying to project it as but was an economic problem crying for economic solutions, which the central government alone was in a position to provide,” said the Punjab CM.

CM sends aide to take memo from Khaira

Amarinder sent his political secretary Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu to accept a memorandum from Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira who was leading a protest of five AAP and LIP MLAs outside the Punjab Secretariat on Tuesday seeking saving of Punjab waters. The LOP holds a cabinet rank.

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  1. Binoy Hoskote
    Nov 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    HE HIMSELF IS A 3RD RATE MAN. BEEN CM FOR LONG STINTS, AND BULL TED IN PUNJAB. STUOID FELLOW FORGETS THAT THE PRESENT GAS CHAMBERS STATUS WAS AN ENDOWMENT OF CONG. CHEILA DIK GOVT, FOR 15 YEARS BEFORE AAP GOVT. .. RAMPANT IRRESPONSIBLE LICENSING OF VEHICLES TO SCAM MONIES, OVERLOADED THE INFRASTRUCTURES WITHOUT PROPER UPGRADING THEM TO MATCH. .......IT IS A CONG. LEGACY THE FOOL HAS TO ADMIT, WHICHY HE IS AFRAID HE'LL HAVE TO ADMIT IF HE MET KEJRIWAL AND RAISED THAT ISSUE. SO THE RETD FALTERING TOTTERING ARMY CAPT IS FOI DOING NTHE "BHAGODA DANCE "....NOT THE BHANGRA DANCE. WHAT A SHAMELESS, UNCOUTH ESCAPIST.
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      Prakash A
      Nov 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm
      I E must take care of software glitches.Many a time,some alphabets are eaten up as in my above post in the word----- C O N S T I TU E N CY.
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        Prakash A
        Nov 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm
        Captain Amarinder Singh should realise that there is no place for personal animosity in politics.His political cons uency --- the people of Punjab -----and larger cons uency -----the people of India,including Delhi, matter.This sort of arrogance is self-defeating,and may cost him the next elections,the same way it happened to the Badals.As they say, pride goes before (precedes) a fall !
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          G S
          Nov 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm
          Refusal to meet CM of another state does not do any good to Captain except exposing his arrogance and dislike for Mr Kejriwal.The state of Punjab is also badly affected by smog and joint efforts to clean the air will help everyone.Captain must shed his ego and behave responsibly as elected representative and not as a Maharaja.Blaming Kejriwal for every evil is not correct.
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            Shibu
            Nov 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm
            This simply shows the ignorance of a CM towards its people. It clearly shows, how he doesn't have any concern, whatsoever for his people. why do people in Punjab keep electing congress ? earlier they killed several sikhs in operation blue star and now they are killing normal people by not taking any action.
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