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Bengal CM Mamata defends Delhi CM over pollution

IANS | Kolkata |

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday suggested the Central government open a dialogue with chief ministers of neighbouring states to flesh out a solution to Delhi’s pollution problem instead of blaming her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.

“Global warming is a problem. Delhi pollution a disaster. Instead of blaming each other, I suggest Centre sit with CMs of neighbouring states – Punjab, Haryana, Delhi – to solve problem,” Banerjee tweeted.

The Trinamool Congress supremo defended Kejriwal.

“Only to accuse Delhi CM is not solution. It’s national problem & we need to find a solution,” Banerjee said.

The Delhi High Court has said there is an “emergency situation” vis-a-vis pollution in Delhi-NCR region and asked the Delhi government to consider implementing cloud seeding to induce artificial rain apart from vehicle rationing on roads.

Kejriwal has blamed stubble burning for the “severe” air quality and said the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab should come together with Delhi to find a solution.