Gambhir sends notice to Kejriwal, Atishi over pamphlet allegations

Gambhir threatened to sue the AAP leaders who had pointed fingers at him

Gambhir Atishi PTI collage A collage of Atishi and Gautam Gambhir | PTI

BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir sent a notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and AAP candidate Atishi on Thursday demanding their apology after being accused of being involved in distribution of "obscene and derogatory" pamphlets against his AAP rival.

In the notice, the trio was asked to withdraw their allegations against the cricketer-turned-politician and tender an unconditional apology.

Earlier in the day, Gambhir had said he would withdraw from the Lok Sabha contest if the charge was proved against him. "I declare that if it's proven that I did it, I will withdraw my candidature right now. If not, will u quit politics?," he said in a tweet addressed to AAP supremo Kejriwal and Atishi, the party candidate from East Delhi.

Atishi broke down reading a pamphlet containing "obscene and derogatory" remarks against her on Thursday. She alleged that the pamphlets were distributed in the constituency by her BJP rival.

Gambhir slammed Kejriwal in a series of tweets, saying he was "ashamed" to have him as the chief minister of Delhi.

The political atmosphere in the national capital vitiated hours before the poll campaigning concluded on Friday evening, with the BJP and the AAP indulging in a bitter blame game.

"I abhor your act of outraging a woman's modesty @ArvindKejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? U r filth Mr CM and someone needs ur very own jhadu (broom) to clean ur dirty mind," Gambhir tweeted.

In a statement, the political greenhorn had earlier said there were five women in his family and that he would not resort to such "petty" politics.

"I will not let the AAP leaders go scot-free. I will file defamation suit against them," he had said.

Atishi has alleged that the pamphlets containing derogatory remarks about her as well as her family were distributed by the BJP at housing complexes in East Delhi.

"I had welcomed Gambhir myself when he joined politics, but I never imagined that he would stoop to this level in the Lok Sabha polls," she said.

AAP leaders slammed Gambhir on social media and other platforms, with Kejriwal saying he never imagined that the BJP nominee would "stoop so low" while urging Atishi to stay strong.

Gambhir claimed that the "petty politics" exhibited by the AAP was the reason why people with good intentions stayed away from mainstream politics.