File photo: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Photograph:( PTI )
On Thursday, Gambhir's AAP rival alleged that pamphlets containing derogatory remarks on her as well as her family were being distributed by him at housing complexes.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that he will send a defamation notice to Bharatiya Janata Party's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir.
"We are being defamed and they (BJP) are saying they will file defamation against us? We are going to send defamation notice to them today," news agency ANI quoted Sisodia as saying.
On Thursday, Gambhir's AAP rival Atishi Marlena alleged that pamphlets containing derogatory remarks on her as well as her family were being distributed by him at housing complexes.
Atishi, who was accompanied by Sisodia during a press conference, also read out the pamphlet in front of reporters following which Chief Minister Kejriwal tweeted "never imagined Gautam Gambhir to stoop so low".
During the conference, Atishi said, "I had welcomed Gambhir myself when he joined politics but I never imagined that he would stoop to this level in the Lok Sabha polls."
Hours after the conference, cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir sent a defamation notice to Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Atishi and demanded their unconditional apologies.
Slamming Kejriwal he also said that he would withdraw from the Lok Sabha contest if the charge was proved against him.
"I declare that if it is proven that I did it, I will withdraw my candidature right now. If not, will you quit politics?" he said in a tweet.
Gambhir said he is "ashamed" to have him as the chief minister of Delhi.
I feel ashamed to have a CM like @ArvindKejriwal— Chowkidar Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 9, 2019
"I abhor your act of outraging a woman's modesty @ArvindKejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? you are filth Mr CM and someone needs your very own Jhadu (broom) to clean ur dirty mind," Gambhir tweeted.
I abhor your act of outraging a woman’s modesty @ArvindKejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? U r filth Mr CM and someone needs ur very own झाड़ू to clean ur dirty mind.— Chowkidar Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 9, 2019
Gambhir claimed that the "petty politics" exhibited by the AAP was the reason why people with good intentions stayed away from mainstream politics.
Delhi, where seven Lok Sabha seats are at stake will go to poll on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.