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‘Didn’t know Arvind Kejriwal would stoop so low’: Gautam Gambhir sends defamation notice

Atishi broke down during a press conference on Thursday afternoon as she read out parts of the pamphlet, which she said was being distributed with newspapers in areas such as Vivek Vihar and Krishna Nagar.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 10, 2019 12:10 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Gautam Gambhir has denied the allegation and said he will quit his candidature if the charges against him are proven.(PTI FIL)

The BJP’s East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir has said he has filed a defamation case against AAP leaders after they accused him of distributing “derogatory” pamphlets , news agency ANI reported.

AAP’s candidate against Gambhir, Atishi broke down during a press conference on Thursday afternoon as she read out parts of the pamphlet, which she said was being distributed with newspapers in areas such as Vivek Vihar and Krishna Nagar. The purported pamphlet has derogatory remarks against Atishi and also about deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

AAP said it will also file a defamation case against the BJP. “We are being defamed and they (BJP) are saying they will file defamation against us? We are going to send defamation notice to them today,” Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was quoted as saying by ANI.

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Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticised Gambhir on social media and other platforms as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said he had never imagined that the BJP nominee would “stoop so low” while urging Atishi to stay strong.

Watch | AAP’s Atishi breaks down, says Gambhir distributing ‘derogatory pamphlets’

Gautam Gambhir has denied the allegation and said he will quit his candidature if the charges against him are proven.

“I condemn what has happened. I am from a family where I have been taught to respect women. I didn’t know CM Arvind Kejriwal would stoop so low. I have filed a defamation case,” the cricketer-turned-politician said on Friday while speaking to news agency ANI.

The 37-year-old, who is making his political debut, sent a notice to Kejriwal, Sisodia and Atishi on Thursday, demanding their apology and asking them to withdraw their allegations.

Gambhir slammed Kejriwal in a series of tweets on Thursday, saying he was “ashamed” to have him as the chief minister of Delhi.

“I abhor your act of outraging a woman’s modesty @ArvindKejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? U r filth Mr CM and someone needs ur very own Jhadu (broom) to clean ur dirty mind (sic),” Gambhir had tweeted.

Gambhir claimed that the “petty politics” exhibited by the AAP was the reason why people with good intentions stayed away from mainstream politics.

After the allegations by the ruling party in Delhi, East Delhi’s returning officer K Mahesh directed Delhi Police to lodge an FIR and launch an investigation into the issue. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took a suo motu cognisance of the case and served a notice to the deputy commissioner of police (east) asking the police to register an FIR in the case.

In its notice issued Thursday, the commission sought to know if an FIR has been registered in the case as yet. “If not, then provide the reasons for the same,” the notice said.

Gautam Gambhir, who joined the BJP in March this year, faces Oxford alumus Atishi and Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress in East Delhi, where voting will be held on Sunday along with the other Lok Sabha six seats.

The votes will be counted on May 23.

First Published: May 10, 2019 10:01 IST

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