New Delhi: The air quality index rose near the 400 mark in Delhi today thanks to pollution caused by stubble burning in Punjab’s farms, which increased by 33% compared to last year. Both states are governed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and while Delhi’s suffer from extremely bad air conditions, Delhi and Punjab Prime Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann are trying their luck for the AAP in the Gujarat elections.
According to the reports, there were 10,214 farm fires in AAP-ruled Punjab, up 33% year-on-year. Most cases of stubble burning are in Sangrur, the constituency of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann who is also touring Gujarat with AAP chief Kejriwal.
The AAP government blamed crackers for pollution and banned them ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, but the state’s AQI deteriorated even after the Punjab stubble burning ban.
Various journalists and Twitter users have denounced the AAP government for its failure to bring clean air to Delhi.
Columnist Anand Ranganathan tweeted: “For those who blame Diwali for air in Delhi state, here’s a perspective: An area 17,900 square kilometers or 12 times the size of Delhi is on fire right now, right next to Delhi. 35 million tons of stubble are burned. This is the current situation in Punjab. Absolute MURDER.”
For those who blame the air in Delhi state on Diwali, here’s a perspective: An area 17,900 square kilometers, or 12 times the size of Delhi, is on fire right now, right next to Delhi. 35 million tons of stubble are burned.
This is the current situation in Punjab. Absolute MURDER. pic.twitter.com/CH1nzHpPMc
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) October 29, 2022
Senior journalist Ajay Kumar wrote: “Today’s AQI in Delhi is over 400, Delhi government is busy preparing for Gujarat elections. Stubble burning up 33% yoy under Punjab government – 10,214 cases now recorded. In both states the government is by AAP but the people are left to GOD Jai Ho.”
Today’s AQI in Delhi is over 400, Delhi government is busy preparing for Gujarat elections. 33% increase in stubble burning under Punjab government yoy – 10,214 cases now recorded. The government of “AAP” in both states. But the people of “God”. Jai Ho. #AAP #AQI @Bharat24Liv
— Ajay Kumar (@AjayKumarJourno) October 30, 2022
Another user wrote that “33% more farm fires reaching 10,214 from AAP ruled Punjab. Please let me know if you have seen Bhagwant Mann and Kejriwal grilled on it while Delhi suffocates.
33% more farm fires with 10,214 #AAP ruled #Punjab. Please let me know if you saw @BhagwantMann or #ArvindKejriwal grilled on it while #DelhiChokes #DELHIPOLLUTION Why is this a Page 10 News @IndianExpress . Wasn’t that a big deal before #Diwali? pic.twitter.com/d2HHJwsHPG
— Sake Sake Sake 🇮🇳 (@saket71) October 30, 2022
Another doubter tweeted in Hindi saying the Punjab is on fire and someone is playing the election flute.
#Punjab is on fire and someone is playing the flute.
Last year it was almost 8000, now it has exceeded 12000. Most stubble fire events are from Sangrur and whose constituency is that?
#stubble burning pic.twitter.com/SJngDELuy0
— Taruni Gandhi (@TaruniGandhi) October 30, 2022
AAP executives’ priorities for reducing pollution pic.twitter.com/9HW2pqCJY5
— Political Kida (@PoliticalKida) October 30, 2022