Delhi pollution: BJP demands all-party meeting to find solution, accuses Arvind Kejriwal of only discussing ‘private’ issues

New Delhi: With Delhi's air quality remaining in the 'severe' category for the last three days, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Monday demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal call an all-party meeting to find a solution to the recurring crisis.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

He questioned the chief minister's delay in calling a special session of the Assembly when he often does so for any "private or external" issues not related to Delhi.

Taking a dig at the chief minister, Tiwari tweeted in Hindi, "Arvind Kejriwalji (are) you still the chief minister? Why don't you call an all-party meeting and a special session of the Delhi Assembly? Do you want us to believe that you cannot do it."

The city is facing its highest pollution level since Diwali. While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) in the 'severe' category at 448, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) showed an AQI of 468. The 'severe' quality of air was attributed to wind speed and other meteorological factors remaining "highly unfavourable" for dispersion of pollutants.

Tiwari, who has promised to donate Rs 1.1 lakh to AAP if Arvind Kejriwal calls an all-party meeting over poor air quality in the capital, said pollution is not a political issue and all should try to solve it.

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Monday imposed a three-day ban on industrial activities in pollution hot-spots and construction work across the national capital region.

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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2018 09:51:51 IST

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