'He is above all this': Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman vouch for Gautam Gambhir in pamphlet row

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 10, 2019, 03.47 PM(IST)

Harbhajan Singh (L), Gautam Gambhir (C), VVS Laxman (R). Photograph:( AFP )

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Gambhir said he would retire from politics the day allegations against him are proven

Within a few weeks after entering the political arena, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has found himself at the centre of a controversy. The Bhartiya Janta Party candidate is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Delhi East. 

While recently, Gambhir has been accused of circulating pamphlets with derogatory and casteist remarks against AAP opponent Atishi. 

In reply to the accusation, Gambhir sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Kejriwal, and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, demanding an unconditional apology for making "defamatory" comments against him. 

Now, former cricketer VVS Laxman and spinner Harbhajan Singh have come forward and offered their support to Gambhir. 

Laxman tweeted, "Shocked to hear about yesterday's developments. Having known @GautamGambhir for nearly 2 decades, I can vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women."

On the other hand, Harbhajan wrote "I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill for any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this."

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Speaking to ANI, Gambhir said he would retire from politics the day allegations against him are proven.

"If he has proof, then he must bring it today. My resignation would be written by Arvind Kejriwal and I will sign it publicly," said Gambhir.

"If they have proof I am ready to take retirement from politics today itself. I will take retirement on May 23 if they come with proof but what if he doesn't turn up with proof? Will he resign as Delhi Chief Minister and retire from politics?" he asked.

Gambhir went on to say that it is because of people like Kejriwal that "good" people don't enter politics.

"You know why good people avoid entering politics? It is because of people like Arvind Kejriwal. They know they have to fight people like Arvind Kejriwal who can stoop to any low just for the sake of winning elections," he said.

Delhi, which has seven Lok Sabha seats at stake, will go to polls on May 12.