As the verbal brawl in Gautam Gambhir-Atishi controversy is taking a toll, the former came with a strong comment in his defence saying that he will hang himself in public if found guilty. Stepping up his counter-offensive, Mr Gambir said if the AAP fails to prove the allegations, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should quit politics. “Challenger Number 3 to @ArvindKejriwal and @aap. If he can prove that I have anything to do with this pamphlet filth, then I will hang myself in public. Otherwise @ArvindKejriwal should quit politics. Accepted?” Mr Gambhir tweeted.
The BJP also approached East Delhi parliamentary seat returning officer K. Mahesh seeking a police probe into the accusations against Mr Gambhir in connection with alleged circulation of obscene pamphlets targeting Ms Atishi. The former cricketer in return sent defamation notices to Ms Atishi, Mr Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.
“The complaint was lodged by BJP’s Krishna Nagar councillor Sandeep Kapoor with the district magistrate and returning officer of East Delhi seeking a police probe in the matter,” said Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana. The returning officer has already asked the police to register a complaint in this case.
On Thursday night, Mr Gambhir sent defamation notices to Mr Kejriwal, Mr Sisodia and Ms Atishi asking them to withdraw their charges against him and tender unconditional apology or face legal action.
Ms Atishi accompanied by Mr Sisodia in a press conference on Thursday had alleged Mr Gambhir’s role in circulation of pamphlets carrying “obscene and derogatory” remarks against her. Mr Gambhir had refuted the allegation saying he would quit the electoral contest if proved guilty.