Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh declined the proposal for a meeting saying the air pollution in NCR was not an inter-state matter and needed the Centre's intervention, but Khattar said he was willing to meet the Delhi Chief Minister.
Please Wait while comments are loading. But the Aam Aadmi Party chief would travel to Chandigarh to discuss crop burning and other issues with the Haryana CM.
Finally, Kejriwal took to twitter to inform that his Haryana counterpart, who is now in Delhi, was busy and not be able to meet him during is two-day visit. "I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM".
He pointed out that the Delhi government had failed to take any steps with regard to stubble burning being stopped in Delhi's territory where 40,000 families cultivate their land. The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.
"Khattar ji (Manohar Lal Khattar) called. You (Kejriwal) may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday".
The Union agriculture ministry last week said it had issued an advisory to state governments to check stubble burning that caused severe pollution in the National Capital Region in the past few days.
"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", the Haryana chief minister wrote. Such collective action problems require everyone to do their bit.... "We direct all the pollution control boards and departments concerned of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ensure that there is no stubble burning anymore", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. After arriving in Delhi, Khattar told reporters: "I am in Delhi, where is the meeting".