The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday hits out at BJP accusing it of instigating people to burst firecrackers on Diwali to increase the air pollution in Delhi. It said that the saffron party has a habit of opposing everything that the AAP government does.

While addressing a press conference, senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, “It is a habit of BJP to oppose everything that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does. But they should stop instigating people to increase pollution in the national capital. It is shameful that the ruling party is politicising sensitive issues like pollution.”

Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta hits back at him by saying that the AAP is making these claim to distract people from its failure to curb air pollution in the city.

BJP leader said the AAP is making such claims because its government has not done any ground work in Delhi. “Controlling pollution needs work all through the year. The AAP has not done that and now to distract people from its own failures it is making such comments.”

Countering AAP, Vijender Gupta said, “Controlling pollution needs work all through the year. The AAP has not done that and now to distract people from its own failures it is making such comments.”

It is to be noted that the Delhi’s pollution skyrocketed after Diwali. The air quality has reached to ‘severe’ category for the first time this season.

The overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 463 at 11.30 am, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

The AQI at Pusa, Lodhi Road, Airport Terminal T3, Noida, Mathura Road, Ayanagar, IIT Delhi, Dhirpur, and Chandni Chowk was 480, 436, 460, 668, 413, 477, 483, 553 and 466, respectively.