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Delhi LG asks Arvind Kejriwal to reconsider ‘Red Light on Gaadi off’: Here’s why


Delhi LG VK Saxena on Saturday asked chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to reconsider ‘Red Light on Gaadi off’ campaign, noting that there is no proof that it is effective against pollution. 

A war of words between the Delhi LG’s office and the AAP government over the “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign continued for the third day on Saturday, with the former accusing city Environment Minister Gopal Rai of “lying” about the date of its launch and Rai questioning the lieutenant governor’s seriousness about the pollution issue.

Setting the stage for a fresh confrontation with LG V K Saxena, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi had said on Thursday it is postponing the launch of the campaign as the LG’s office is yet to approve it.

Sources in the LG’s office said on Friday that Rai did not speak the truth about the date of the campaign launch and claimed that the AAP did so to coerce Saxena into taking a decision.

On the other hand, Rai accused Saxena of making excuses for not giving a timely approval for the campaign and questioned his seriousness about curbing pollution in the national capital.

The month-long “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign aims at encouraging drivers to turn off the ignition of their vehicles while waiting at traffic signals.

Rai had claimed on Thursday that the file on the campaign was sent to Saxena on October 21. The sources said Saxena was out of office due to prior commitments on Thursday.

(With inputs  from agencies)

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