Gutter politics at its worst in Delhi!

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 10, 2019, 09:46 AM

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Dirty politics are on the rise these elections. After BJP leader from Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri called Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal a ‘pimp’ yesterday, another incident came to news. 
 
Aam Aadmi Party seems to be bearing the brunt of all the attacks. A pamphlet was being circulated around Delhi, with the focus on Atishi, AAP candidate from the East Delhi parliamentary constituency. Among many other derogatory and abusive words, it was written that Atishi is a “prostitute”, a “beef-eater”, “a keep of Manish Sisodia”, “a blob on society”, whose “husband has disowned her as Sisodia is fulfilling all her desires of a married woman” and was allegedly “caught red handed while having sex in a compromising position with another teacher”, during her job as a primary teacher in a school in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
However, the pamphlet did not speak only about Atishi, the adviser of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. It also targeted Sisodia, a former popular news journalist, and social activist. The pamphlet repeatedly labelled Sisodia a “Kanjar” (a shameless man whose wife practices prostitution), and further said that he is a “handsome man”, but is a member of the Scheduled Castes, which, according to the writer of the pamphlet is not possible, as a “SC cannot be handsome”. Hence, the writer concluded, that Sisodia is “born of unlawful parents”, and alleged that his “mother must have  got pregnant with some handsome man from ann upper caste”.
 
AAP leaders took to Twitter and accused BJP candidate from East Delhi, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir of distributing the “derogatory and casteist” pamphlets. AAP founder Kejriwal, Sisodia and Atishi were among the few who criticised Gambhir of “stooping so low to win an election”. Atishi broke down into tears at a press conference later in the day while speaking about the incident. 
 
Delhi BJP spokesperson Shankar Kapoor condemned the pamphlet and dismissed the possibility of the BJP having  any association with the pamphlet. He alleged that this was a dirty trick by the AAP itself, and claimed that “Atishi was trying to destabilize the election campaign since day one and this is one more trick”. 
 
Gambhir, former Indian Cricket Team captain, sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Kejriwal and Sisodia over their  allegations that he had distributed the offensive pamphlet, and for “tarnishing his image”. He denied having ever given a negative statement against anyone so far in his election campaigning, and challenged the AAP that if it was proven that he had written the pamphlet, or had it circulated, he would withdraw his candidature. 
 
All seven constituencies of Delhi, which are currently represented by the BJP in the Lower House, will go to polls 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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