Lok Sabha election 2019: ‘It’s your turn now,’ Gautam Gambhir asks others to vote
The BJP’s candidate for East Delhi Gautam Gambhir urged voters in Delhi to cast their ballot on Sunday as residents of the national capital began voting in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election.
East Delhi, the most urbanised in Delhi after the New Delhi seat, is among the Capital’s seven parliamentary constituencies polling on Sunday. The votes will be counted on May 23.
“Done my bit !! It’s your turn now.. #GoVoteDelhi,” the 37-year-old cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.
He also posted a photograph with him and his wife Natasha Jain holding their voter’ ID card as they queued up to vote in a polling booth on Old Rajendra Nagar.
Gautam Gambhir, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in March this year, is up against Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely, a three-time MLA and a former minister in the Sheila Dikshit’s government, and the AAP’s Atishi. The Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was nominated by the BJP in place of its incumbent member of Parliament Maheish Girri.
Atishi and her Aam Aadmi Party have accused Gautam Gambhir of distributing pamphlets containing “obscene and derogatory” remarks about her. Atishi broke down during a press conference on Thursday 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 also had objectionable and derogatory remarks about deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. The pamphlets also accused Atishi and Sisodia of corruption.
The former cricketer denied the allegations and sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia. Sisodia has also issued a similar counter-threat.
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The BJP has pitched the work done by the BJP-led central government, including the ₹50,000-crore projects approved for Delhi, to garner the support of voters in middle-class neighbourhoods such as IP Extension, Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Krishna Nagar, Jungpura in East Delhi.
The votes will be counted on May 23 along with all the other parliamentary constituencies across the country.