Rahul takes a lyrical dig at Delhi's pollution woes

Rahul takes a lyrical dig at Delhi's pollution woes

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took a lyrical dig at the smog-choked environs of the national capital on Monday, wondering why the authorities were indifferent to the issue.

Rahul quoted a ghazal penned by Shahryar - 'Seene mein jalan, aankhon mein toofan sa kyun hai' (What's the cause for this burning feeling and all the confusion in me) - to highlight the situation that has seen chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi pass the buck.

"Kya batayenge saheb, sab jaan kar anjaan kyun hai (will 'saheb' tell us why despite knowing everything, he is feigning ignorance)," Rahul tweeted, adding his own line to the couplet.

He even tagged a news report on 18 lakh deaths in the country due to air pollution.

Rahul's comments came as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart M L Khattar appeared to play a game of hide-and-seek over finding a solution to the crisis.

"I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. There is no response from your office for a meeting," Khattar said in response to Kejriwal's appeal for a meeting.

Kejriwal responded on Twitter saying his office was constantly trying to fix a meeting. A little later, the Delhi chief minister announced that he would meet Khattar on Wednesday in Chandigarh.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has dismissed Kejriwal as a "peculiar person" who has "views on everything, without understanding the situation."

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