Gautam Gambhir outperformed in his political debut as he defeated Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely and Aam Aadmi Party's Atishi Marlena from the East Delhi seat in Lok Sabha election 2019. In what was a bitterly fought contest, several allegations were made by AAP against Gambhir and he hit back hard against them on Saturday.
AAP leader Atishi accompanied by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had alleged Gambhir's role in the circulation of pamphlets carrying "obscene and derogatory" remarks against her in a press conference.
Addressing a press, Gambhir expressed his gratitude towards PM Modi, Amit Shah and his party workers for their support and the took aim at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for the first time after allegations were made against the cricketer-turned-politician.
"Manoj Tiwari Ji, Dr Harsh Vardhan Ji, Hans Raj Hans Ji, aur aap sabhi ka mai dil se shukriya karna chahata hoon. Maanniye Pradhan Manti Shri Narendra Modi Ji aur Amit Shah Ji ka dhanayaad karna chahata hoon ke unhone mujhe mauka diya ke mai Delhi ke liye aur iss desh ke janta ke liye kuch kar sakoon. Aur sabse zyada dhanyavaad mai unka karna chahata hoon BJP ke karyakartaoon ka jinhone mere saath kaam kiya".
(Thank You honourable Manoj Tiwari, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hans Raj Hans and everyone present here. I would also like to express my gratitude towards our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji and party president Amit Shah for giving me the opportunity to work for the people of Delhi and our country. Moreover, a big Thank You to all the party works who worked with me.)
"Dekheye mujhe sirf ek cheez bolne hai ke, jab mere upar aroop lagaye gaye tab mai 15 din purana tha aaj mai ek mahina purana hoon toh jo humare CM sahab hai unko ek cheez bolna chahunga. Abhi tak maine kuch bola nahi. Yehi kehna chata hoon ke chunaav aayenge jayenge, loog aayange jayange lekin desh aage badta rehna chahiye. Jis din aap apna zameer apna imaan haar jayenge toh uss din aap sab jayenge. Ek seat jitne ke liye agar aap itna ghatiya ilzaam laga sakte hai toh mere paas koi shabd nahi hai aapke liye".
(I just want to say one thing. When allegations were levelled against me I was 15 days old in this party and now I am 1 month old. I just want to tell our CM and I haven't spoken about this ever. I want to say that elections will come and go, people will come and go but the day you will lose your principle, you will lose everything. If you can put such disgusting allegations for the sake of one seat then I don't have any words to say to you.)
Gautam Gambhir had refuted the allegation saying he would quit the electoral contest if proved guilty. However, Atishi lodged a complaint with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in the matter.
"Mai aise family se aata hoon jahan par mere choti do bachiyaan hai, mere wife hai mere mother hai aur grandmother hai. Apne pehla ilzaam lagaya ke nomination cancel karvao FIR karo vahan tak sab theek tha. Lekin jab aap ek aise aaroop lagate hai vo bhi kisi mahila ke vajah se toh mai yehi karunga ke aap election haar jayo vo phir paanch saal baad aajayenge. Lekin jab aap apna zammer har jaoge toh apke haar hai. Maine apne karyakartaon ko bhi pehle din se yehi bola tha ke hum jeetey ya na jeetey lekin hum ladenge sachye se. Hum loogon ke beech mai jayange, apna vision lekar, hum na kisi candidate ke bare mai galat bolenge, social media ya kahe. Because iss tareke ke rajneeti se desh uth chuka hai aur yeh apko iss election se bhi pata chala hoga. Pehle sare opposition ne ek vyakti ko harane ke koshish ke, phir apne negative campaign kiye. Yeh desh negetive campaigning se bolot dur ja chuka hai. Yeh desh chachata hai tarake".
(I have two kids, wife, mother and Grandmother in my family. At first, you asked to cancel my nomination and registered an FIR. Till then everything was fine. But when you resort to such allegation because of a lady then I would say that it's okay even if you lose an election. It will come after 5 years. But when you lose your principles, you lose everything. From day one, I told my party workers that it's okay even if we lose but we will fight with truth. We will go among the citizens with our vision and we will not resort to insulting politics against any candidate. The country has gone far ahead than this kind of politics. First, the opposition tried to defeat one man then they undertook a negative campaign. The country has risen above negative campaigns.)
"Kashmir se Kaniyakumari tak tarake ke haar yuva ke paar equal opportunity ho. Jin logon ne mujhe vote diya, ab asli kaam shuru hota hai. Ab mere vapas mauka hai ke mai unka vishwaas pura karoon".
(From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, every young blood of this country should get equal opportunity. All those who voted for me, now it's time to perform and stand up to their belief in me.)