New Delhi: Amid the ongoing ‘blame game’ between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the distribution of pamphlet containing derogatory claims about former’s East Delhi candidate Atishi, a media report revealed that a newspaper vendor was paid to carry out the task in Yojana Vihar and Savita Vihar.
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Speaking to a leading media daily, a newspaper vendor claimed that he was paid the ‘standard rate of Rs 15 per 100 pamphlets’ to insert 300 ‘derogatory’ pamphlets against AAP candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in the newspapers.
“I received 300 of the pamphlets from a vendor early Thursday morning, and put them between newspapers. My employees then distributed them to homes across A and C blocks, Yojana Vihar, and some houses in Savita Vihar,” he was quoted as saying in a report by The Indian Express, while revealing that not only him, but a few other vendors were also given the pamphlets to distribute.
AAP leader Atishi on Thursday levelled charges against Gautam Gambhir, her opponent and BJP candidate from the East Delhi constituency, for indulging in a maligning campaign by distributing handbills laden with offensive language and her character assassination. The party, during a press conference, highlighted the case and read out the objectionable contents of the pamphlet.
Soon after, Gambhir refuted any involvement in the pamphlet row and filed a defamation case against the AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal. He also challenged the Delhi CM to prove him wrong or quit and even vowed to hang himself in public if his complicity in the row is proved.
On Friday, the AAP sent legal notices to Gambhir and the BJP over offensive pamphlets naming Atishi and Manish Sisodia that were circulated in the constituency on Thursday. The party sought an immediate apology in writing and asked the party to publish it in newspapers ‘along with true and correct facts’ within the next 24 hours.