Atishi Marlena, Delhis election candidate breaks down over vicious pamphlet

Clay Curtis
May 13, 2019

The BJP's candidate for East Delhi Gautam Gambhir urged voters in Delhi to cast their ballot on Sunday as residents of the national capital began voting in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election. Gambhir is pitted against Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP's Atishi, both of whome reported Rs 5 crore and Rs 1 crore assets, respectively, in their affidavits.

The BJP, in turn, charged the AAP with staging such incidents.

The former cricketer denied the allegations and sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.

Manish Sisodia, meanwhile, threatened to file a counter suit in the matter and said he would be sending a notice for defamation to him.

Gambhir, in a series of tweets, said he is "ashamed" to have Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister and he would withdraw his candidature if the charge against him is proved. Gautam Gambhir had hit back, saying he only has a single voter identity card from Rajendra Nagar.

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"How can women expect safety if people with such mentality are voted in? It is precisely this kind of forces we have to fight against", the Delhi chief minister tweeted.

"We would clap for Gambhir when he used to bash opponents with fours and sixes while playing for India but we never in our worst dream, had thought that this man would stoop this low to win an election", Sisodia said. "They tell me in comments to go clean gutters, while such progressive women face misogynist, casteist, communal abuses". The pamphlet was created to target Atishi drawing on her gender, rather than her work. She is a woman who is determined to change the world.

It said she was married to a Christian - "i.e. a Beef Eater" - and was pregnant by an illegitimate member of a low-caste, and therefore a "prostitute". If you have nothing better to do, come over to have a meal. BJP's incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest "one of the most interesting in the country".

Gambhir also asked the three AAP leaders to "cease and desist" from any further circulation of the "impugned statements".

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