New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from East Delhi Atishi on Friday launched a scathing attack on her opponent Gautam Gambhir over alleged distribution of pamphlets with derogatory remarks against her. Hitting out at the cricketer-turned-politician, she raised concerns over his ability to ensure security of women when he ‘can do this with an empowered woman’.

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“If BJP and Gautam Gambhir can do this with an empowered woman then how will he ensure security to rest of the women? We have filed a complaint with Delhi Commission of Women, we will soon file a complaint with the Election Commission and Delhi Police,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Earlier in the day, Gambhir filed a defamation case against AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Speaking to news agency ANI, he had said, “I condemn what has happened. I am from a family where I have been taught to respect women. I didn’t know CM Arvind Kejriwal would stoop so low. I have filed a defamation case.”

On Thursday, senior AAP leaders, including Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, accused Gambhir of indulging in a maligning campaign by distributing pamphlets with derogatory language against AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi.

The AAP candidate from East Delhi seat, who broke down while reading out the contents of the pamphlet, had said, ” “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…”

Delhi is scheduled to go to Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on May 12. The results of the seven parliamentary constituencies will be announced on May 23.