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Flare-up of Punjab Farm Fires Sparks off Heated AAP-Opposition Dispute

With Punjab registering a two-year-high each day farm fireplace tally on Thursday, stubble burning is popping into a serious political concern but once more even because the nationwide capital appears to be getting choked with no let-up within the incidents.

On Thursday, Punjab registered near 2,700 farm fires, a big enhance in comparison with the same-day figures of the final two years. In 2020, 241 instances had been registered whereas final 12 months over 2,500 farm fires came about. Corresponding with the rise in farm fires, the AQI degree in Delhi continued to worsen, getting within the ‘extreme’ class.

Like up to now, with no answer in sight, political events entered right into a slugfest with one another. Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Get together convener Arvind Kejriwal accused the Centre of “unfairly concentrating on” Punjab farmers over the farm fires whereas “ignoring related incidents from UP and Haryana”.

However in Punjab, the opposition tore into the AAP authorities over the problem. Blaming the AAP authorities in Delhi and Punjab, and the BJP authorities on the Centre for the deteriorating air high quality in Delhi, Chief of the Opposition (LoP) Partap Singh Bajwa accused each events of creating Delhi residents undergo by way of the extreme air pollution ranges but once more.

Bajwa alleged zero coordination between the BJP authorities on the Centre and the AAP governments in Punjab and Delhi in addressing this menace.

The house district of Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, Sangrur, continued to high the farm fireplace tally for the fourth day with 452 incidents being recorded. This season alone, over 24,000 stubble-burning instances have been reported, amid issues that the determine might contact an all-time excessive.

Focusing on the AAP management for hypocrisy over the problem, former MP and BJP chief Sunil Jakhar has mentioned the doublespeak would hardly shock anybody.

“The AAP regime in Punjab has failed miserably in evolving a method to take care of the problem which impacts public well being,” Jakhar mentioned.

In a press release issued on Thursday, Jakhar identified that till final 12 months, Delhi chief minister Kejriwal was criticising the then Congress-led Punjab authorities and farmers for burning stubble to shift the blame.

“This 12 months, after they have fashioned a authorities in Punjab, their stand has very conveniently modified,” he added. “The Modi authorities had already offered funds to Punjab for machines to handle stubble, however the state authorities has not even bothered to make sure correct utilisation of those funds. Farmers had been left with no alternative however to burn crop residue.”

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