Atishi moves DCW, Gambhir vows to hang self if charges proved
Cricketer sues Atishi, Kejriwal and Sisodia, ex-teammates VVS Laxman, Harbhajan ‘vouch for his character’
A day after controversy involving distribution of “obscene and derogatory” pamphlets against her, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) East Delhi candidate Atishi on Friday approached chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal and lodged a formal complaint against BJP candidate from the seat Gautam Gambhir.
Stepping up his counter-offensive, Gambhir on Friday said he will “hang” himself in public if the AAP can prove that he has any link to the derogatory pamphlets.
Gambhir 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 @Arvind Kejriwal should quit politics. Accepted?”
Gambhir had sent defamation notices to Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Atishi on Thursday night asking them to withdraw their charges against him and tender unconditional apology or face legal action. Meanwhile, Gambhir’s former teammates VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh defended Gambhir and said they can “vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women”.
The BJP also approached East Delhi parliamentary seat returning officer K Mahesh seeking a police probe into the accusations. The complaint was lodged by BJP’s Krishna Nagar councillor Sandeep Kapoor, said Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana.
The returning officer has already asked the Delhi Police to register a complaint in this case.
“Shocked to hear about yesterday’s developments. Having known @GautamGambhir for nearly 2 decades, I can vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women,” Laxman tweeted.
Harbhajan also tweeted, “I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. 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”.
On Thursday, Atishi accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a Press conference on Thursday had alleged Gambhir’s role in circulation of pamphlets carrying “obscene and derogatory” remarks against her.
Gambhir had vehemently refuted the allegation saying he would quit the electoral contest if proved guilty. The issue refused to die down even as campaigning for May 12 polls ended Friday evening, with both sides attacking each other.
Saturday, 11 May 2019 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi
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