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Amarinder again refuses to meet Kejriwal over stubble burning

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Arvind Kejriwal Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a meeting with his Punjab counterpart on Wednesday in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday again ruled out a meeting with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, who wanted to hold talks over the issue of stubble burning, asking him not to "politicize" the serious matter.

Singh claimed he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be "meaningless and futile".

His response came after Kejriwal sought a meeting with him on Wednesday in Chandigarh.

"Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday.

Singh alleged that Kejriwal's tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known.

He said Kejriwal should stop politicizing the serious issue of stubble burning.

He alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was "trying to divert" public attention from his government's "failure" to check the problem of pollution in Delhi, as exposed in the National Green Tribunal's response to the "ill-conceived" odd-even scheme.

The problems faced by the national capital and Punjab on this count were completely different with no meeting ground, Singh said.

He said unlike Punjab, Delhi's problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by "mismanaged" transportation and "unplanned" industrial development.

Instead of focusing his attention on resolving these issues, Kejriwal wanted to "waste" time holding "useless" discussions, Singh alleged, adding that he, unfortunately, did not have the same luxury of time.

He dubbed Kejriwal's proposed visit to Chandigarh another example of the Delhi chief minister allegedly leaving the national capital in the midst of a crisis and traveling to other places when his presence was needed the most at home.

"How else can one explain Kejriwal's desperation to seek a meeting with me at this juncture, especially when I had categorically rejected such a suggestion earlier," the Punjab chief minister claimed.

Singh had earlier also said there was no point of meeting the Delhi chief minister while asserting that the stubble burning issue was to be resolved by the Center.

He had even described Kejriwal as "peculiar man", saying he did not understand the magnitude of the problem.

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