Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Prove it. I will quit’, says Gautam Gambhir to Atishi’s pamphlet charge - Hindustan Times
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Prove it. I will quit’, says Gautam Gambhir to Atishi’s pamphlet charge

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May 11, 2020 04:25 PM IST

Gambhir, the former cricketer who found himself at the centre of AAP attacks, promptly rebutted the allegations and launched a sharp counterstrike at Kejriwal.

A one-page ‘derogatory pamphlet’ that attacked Atishi, the Aam Aadmi Party’s east Delhi candidate, on Thursday set up a huge confrontation between the Arvind Kejriwal’s party and the BJP. Arvind Kejriwal and his party pinned the blame for the slanderous pamphlet on Atishi’s rival Gautam Gambhir.

Atishi Marlena and Manish Sisodia address a press conference in Delhi on Thursday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT photo)
Atishi Marlena and Manish Sisodia address a press conference in Delhi on Thursday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT photo)

“We never in our worst dream had thought that this man would stoop this low to win an election,” said deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at a joint media briefing with Atishi who was in tears.

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Gambhir, the former cricketer who found himself at the centre of AAP attacks, promptly rebutted the allegations and launched a sharp counterstrike at Kejriwal.

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Gautam Gambhir, who had recently joined the BJP after his cricketing career ended, said he would withdraw from the race if AAP could back up its accusation with evidence. But if AAP could not, he asked, if Kejriwal too would quit politics.

“I feel ashamed to have a CM like Arvind Kejriwal,” he tweeted.

BJP leaders say the pamphlet is so offensive that it could not have been published by a candidate or a political party but could have been designed to gain sympathy in the final lap of Lok Sabha elections for Delhi’s seven seats.

“AAP’s Dirty tricks Dept at work,” said Shazia Ilmi, the ex-AAP leader who had joined the BJP.

“I abhor your act of outraging a woman’s modesty Arvind Kejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections?” tweeted Gambhir who was pummeled by AAP leaders soon after Atishi went public with the contents of the pamphlet.

“I have just one question for Gambhirji. If he could stoop so low to defeat an empowered woman like me, then how will he ensure safety and security of women in the constituency,” Atishi said, holding up a copy of the pamphlet.

“When Gambhir joined politics, I told him that good people are important for politics. But he and his party have shown how low they can go,” she said. “I am not in politics for money or fame,” said Atishi, who has played a key role in reshaping the school education system in the capital.

Four-time lawmaker Arvinder Singh Lovely, the Congress candidate from East Delhi pitted against Atishi and Gambhir, hasn’t reacted to the face-off between AAP and BJP over the pamphlet just days before the constituency votes on May 12.

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