As Delhi is facing the worst pollution a joint forum of East Delhi’s resident of welfare associations (RWA), raising concern over the situation, has sent a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warning that they would boycott AAP candidates in elections if no concrete solution is found to the problem in a time-bound manner.
BS Vohra, environment activist and president of the RWA’s joint forum, said, “Every year, Delhi chokes at air pollution but the leaders do nothing except indulging in blame-game. But this time, they said they (the RWAs) all are united for a decisive action to combat the pollution. Voters are not going to cast their votes in favour of a candidate unless his/her party assures of a concrete plan on bringing down pollution level in a time bound manner.
Citing Sunday’s pollution level as an “absolute nightmare” and a medical emergency for the population of Delhi, they termed the situation as a “capital punishment”, alluding to Delhi’s status as National Capital, “We have faced similar situation earlier too. Now, we just want to know if you would like our Delhi to be the cancer capital – lung cancer capital – of the world?” the letter read. Pointing out that the city has already become the most polluted capital of the world and surrounded by the top five most polluted cities, they wrote, “In such a situation the only hope of the residents lies with you as you are or will be in power in the coming days.”
Reminding that elections for the Delhi Assembly are around the corner, the letter said, “We have a clear-cut demand from all of you: Your election manifesto must mention a solution to the pollution in a time-bound manner.” No more Blame games. No more unnecessary talks. No more fooling of the masses. You still have two months to decide your course of action to check the Pollution.
The letter concluded with a proposal to the chief minister to meet and discuss the issue with a delegation of the RWAs requesting him not to take the matter lightly.