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Punjab CM Mann blames Delhi LG Saxena for politicising air pollution in Delhi

On Friday, Punjab's chief minister, Bhagwant Mann, accused Delhi's lieutenant governor, Vinai Kumar Saxena, for politicising Delhi’s worrisome rise in air pollution.

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New Delhi: On Friday, Punjab’s chief minister, Bhagwant Mann, accused Delhi’s lieutenant governor, Vinai Kumar Saxena, for politicising Delhi’s worrisome rise in air pollution. In a tweet in Hindi, Mann accused Saxena of “playing politics” by writing to him about the ongoing stubble burning in Punjab, interrupting the work that Delhi’s elected government had undertaken.

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Saxena, who spoke to Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, about the pollution on Thursday, claimed he tried to reach Mann as well but was unsuccessful because the chief minister of Punjab was attending a conference. Kejriwal was advised by Saxena to enlist Mann in anti-pollution efforts.

Saxena wrote Mann didn’t return his call. In order to draw your express attention to the fact that, contrary to expectations, incidents of stubble burning have increased by a whopping 19% in the period between October 24 and November 2, 2022, as compared to the corresponding period in 2021, I am forced to call on you after failing to receive a call in return from you all day.

Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party have been blaming each other for rising air pollution in the national capital.

He stated that it is confusing that certain elements are engaging in an unjustified blame game, making excuses, and attempting to avoid taking accountability even in the face of a critical crisis scenario.

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He asked Mann to mobilise people and equipment to convince farmers to join forces with them in eradicating this persistent threat.

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