Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from East Delhi, accused cricketer Gautam Gambhir of circulating a derogatory and scurrilous pamphlet on her ahead of voting in Delhi on Sunday.
Atishi broke down during a press conference said, “I have only one question for Gautam Gambhir. If he is doing this against one woman, what about the lakhs of women in east Delhi who are worried about their safety,”
“Never imagined Gautam Gambhir to stoop so low,” tweeted Arvind Kejriwal.
Gautam rubbished the allegation in a series of tweets implying that AAP had concocted the allegations to win and declaring that he was “ashamed” to have a Chief Minister like Arvind Kejriwal. He said if AAP proved its accusation, he would opt out of the election.
In a tweet, Arvind Kejriwal said: “How can women expect safety if people with such mentality are voted in? Atishi, stay strong. I can imagine how difficult it must be for you. It is precisely this kind of forces we have to fight against.”
Manish Sisodia, his deputy, said the language in the pamphlet was “so abusive and low that everybody will feel ashamed while reading it”. Atishi, who is contesting her first election, has been working as an advisor to his Education ministry.
Gautam Gambhir, a debutant in politics, joined the BJP last month. Apart from AAP’s Atishi, he faces Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress.
Atishi had raised objections to Gautam Gambhir’s candidature and complained to the Election Commission that he had voter ID cards from two assembly constituencies. The complaint had been rejected.