Gambhir ready to face debate only after two years

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 09, 2019, 03:16 PM

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party a month ago, and is the party candidate from the East Delhi parliamentary constituency, responded to AAP candidate from the constituency, Atishi’s challenge to a public debate. 
Gambhir, at an election meeting, replied to allegations of being afraid to debate, by saying that he isn’t scared of Pakistan, and so there is no reason for him to be afraid of a debate, referring to his cricket matches against Pakistan in the past. 
The former Indian Cricket Team captain announced that he had challenged AAP founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to a debate, but only after he had spent at least half the time that Kejriwal had spent in politics (around four and a half years). 
The Arjuna Award recipient, who has no experience in politics, described Kejriwal as someone who was good only at “debate, dharna and dharma”. He also slammed the CM for demanding complete statehood for Delhi, and that the party made “false promises”, unlike the BJP. 
Gambhir will face AAP’s Atishi, adviser to Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has also never stood for any elections in the past. The Congress candidate from the constituency is Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress President, and four-time MLA. Polling will be held in all seven constituencies of Delhi on May 12, in the sixth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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