New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party today held a press conference in the national capital accusing new BJP entrant Gautam Gambhir of distributing pamphlets with derogatory language against AAP leader Atishi in the East Delhi constituency- where the two will lock horns in Lok Sabha polls on May 12.
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Addressing the press meet, Atishi held up a pamphlet, levelling accusations at the former cricketer of sullying her name and using objectionable language against her.
While reading out the contents of the pamphlet, Atishi broke down but continued reading it to the media persons present.
She started, “BJP people and Gautam Gambhir circulated this pamphlet in every household along with the morning newspaper… This shows how low they can stoop to win elections… This pamphlet distributed by Gambhir’s team reads- Know your candidate Atishi Marlena. She is married to a Christian from Andhra Pradesh that is a beef eater. She is a good example of a mixed breed… What kind of education policies can she make if she has worked only as a primary school teacher…”
Soon after the AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in her support, “Never imagined Gautam Gambhir to stoop so low. How can women expect safety if people wid such mentality are voted in? Atishi, stay strong. I can imagine how difficult it must be for u. It is precisely this kind of forces we have to fight against.”
Speaking at the same press conference, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir circulated derogatory pamphlet about Atishi in East Delhi constituency. Language in this pamphlet is so abusive and low that everybody will feel ashamed while reading it…”
“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,” Atishi 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.
She emplored people to think, “If Gambhir can stoop so low to defeat a strong woman like me, how can he ensure security for women as an MP?”