New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Thursday denied the allegations levelled against him by the AAP’s East Delhi constituency candidate Atishi, saying he will withdraw his nomination if her accusations were proven true. In a series of tweets, Gambhir said: “My Challenge number 2, (Delhi Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal and Atishi. I declare that if its proven that I did it, I will withdraw my candidature right now. If not, will you quit politics?”
Slamming Kejriwal, Gambhir, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for East Delhi, said: “I abhor your act of outraging a woman’s modesty Arvind Kejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? “I feel ashamed to have a Chief Minister like Kejriwal.” His remarks came shortly after Atishi broke down at a press conference where she and her party accused Gambhir of circulating derogatory pamphlets about her.
Atishi on Thursday broke down at a press conference where she and her party accused her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir of circulating derogatory pamphlets about her. “I feel very sad as I speak to the media. I feel sad that politics has stooped so low in the country,” Atishi said.
“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, referring to pamphlets circulated with newspapers in the constituency. “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.
Atishi became emotional and broke down. “If Gambhir can stoop so low to defeat a strong woman like me, how can he ensure security for women as an MP?” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia added: “Gautam Gambhir circulated derogatory pamphlets about Atishi in East Delhi. The language in this pamphlet is so abusive that anybody who reads it will feel ashamed.” He said when Gambhir played cricket for India, the nation clapped for him. “But we never in our worst dream thought that this man would stoop this low to win an election,” Sisodia added.