After receiving constant criticism for escaping the pollution meet and attending Test match in Indore, Gautam Gambhir slammed Arvind Kejriwal and said that the government should focus on eradicating pollution instead of trolling people. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had on Saturday posted a cartoon on its Twitter page mocking Gambhir. In the cartoon, a man is seen feeding jalebi to another man representing pollution. The post was captioned saying that there should have been serious talks on Pollution and not on poha and jalebi. AAP had used a pun on the word "Gambhir" meaning serious, to mock the BJP MP.
Speaking to ANI on Monday, Gambhir said,
"If eating Jalebi has increased Delhi's pollution, then I can leave Jalebi forever. " If the Kejriwal government would have focused on reducing pollution instead of trolling, we would have all been able breathe," he added.
Furthermore, he listed the work done by him within 5 months of assuming the office and blamed AAP for not being concerned over the severity of the situation.
"My 5 and two and a half-year-old daughters live here, and not just me, all the people of Delhi whose children live here are serious, barring for Aam Aadmi Party. If you ask this same question to Kejriwal as to what did he purchase in the last 5 years- did he purchase even one thing by which he could control pollution?"
The meeting Gambhir didn't attend was of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development, which had to be postponed as three commissioners of MCD, Vice-Chairman of DDA, Secretary/Joint Secretary of Environment also did not attend. Notably, 25 out of 29 members did not attend the meeting even as air quality deteriorated in the national capital of Delhi. Gambhir, however, defended his action saying that Delhi's pollution would not end if he attended the meeting. Taking to Twitter on Friday to slam critics after he skipped a meeting, Gambhir highlighted his achievements and also mentioned what all he intended to do in the next 4.5 years of his tenure.