Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir is contesting Lok Sabha elections from East Delhi for Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has been engaged in a banter with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over defamatory pamphlets on his rival Atishi. After all the ruckus around the issue, he has got support from cricketer colleague Harbhajan Singh. AAP has accused Gambhir of distributing pamphlets containing filthy remarks about Atishi.
Showing his support to Gambhir, Harbhajan tweeted, “I am shocked to note (the) events involving Gautam Gambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill of any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this.”
I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill for any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 10, 2019
According to the recent reports, Gambhir has slapped a defamation notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Atishi, and said he will sue them if they don’t withdraw their allegations and apologize.
The nine-page legal notice – sent through Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley – has asked the AAP leader to immediately withdraw their allegations made against Gambhir and the apart from that, the notice also clarifies that Gautam has no relation with the pamphlet.
Taking to Twitter he stated that if the AAP leaders will prove that he has anything to do the pamphlet which contains defamatory remarks about Atishi Marlena, then he will hand himself in public. Otherwise, he demanded Kejriwal to quit politics. Here’s what he tweeted:
Challenger Number 3 to @ArvindKejriwal and @aap. If he can prove that I have anything to do with this pamphlet filth, then I will hang myself in public. Otherwise @ArvindKejriwal should quit politics. Accepted?
— Chowkidar Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 10, 2019
A furious Manish Sisodia responded with a counter-threat of defamation. On Thursday, Atishi broke down at a press conference called by the AAP, where leaders displayed a pamphlet full of religious and sexist attacks on the candidate. She said, “If Gambhir can stoop so low to defeat a strong woman like me, how can he ensure security for women as an MP?”
AAP East Delhi candidate Atishi: If BJP and Gautam Gambhir can do this with an empowered woman then how will he ensure security to rest of the women? We have filed a complaint with Delhi Commission of Women, we will soon file a complaint with the Election Commission&Delhi Police pic.twitter.com/SDtCpCIWW6
— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2019
On Friday, Atishi filed a complaint against her BJP rival with the Delhi Commission For Women. The woman’s body had asked the police whether it had filed a First Information Report or FIR over the circulation of the derogatory pamphlets.
Regarding the same, she tweeted, “I came into politics to fight against injustice, and this sickening pamphlet has only strengthened my resolve.”
Have been overwhelmed by the support and solidarity that has come forward from all over the country! I came into politics to fight against injustice; and this sickening pamphlet has only strengthened my resolve! #लड़ेंगे_जीतेंगे ✊🏼
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) May 10, 2019