Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday claimed that BJP’s East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir has placed his lookalike to campaign for him to avoid the heat. Tweeting the pictures, the AAP leader also claimed that the alleged impersonator is a Congress worker.
“This is the mahamilavat between Congress and BJP. Gautam Gambhir is sitting inside an AC car as he has issues standing in sunlight. Instead of him, his lookalike is standing on top of the car wearing a cap. Party workers are garlanding the ‘duplicate’ Gambhir. And this duplicate is, in fact, a Congress worker,” Sisodia tweeted. Gambhir, however, has not responded to the AAP’s charge as of yet.
ये कांग्रेस और बीजेपी की महामिलावट है. गौतम गम्भीर ए.सी. गाड़ी में नीचे बैठे है. उन्हें धूप में समस्या है. उनकी जगह उनका हमशक्ल कैंप लगाकर खड़ा है. कार्यकर्ता ‘डुप्लीकेट’ को गौतम गम्भीर समझकर माला पहना रहे हैं.
और जो डुप्लीकेट है वो असल में कांग्रेसी नेता है. https://t.co/bT0k0QYVSG
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) May 10, 2019
Rubbishing the charge, the BJP said the AAP was trying to create a controversy over a “minor” thing. BJP Loksabha Incharge for East Delhi Rajiv Babbar said it is very sad that a particular political party which has lost connect with the people of Delhi, tries to create controversy around Gambhir every other day. “In this series of spreading misinformation they today said that a party worker campaigned in place of Gautam Gambhir which is absolutely false,” he said.
Babbar said that for 10 to 15 minutes during the campaign, Gambhir felt giddy due to heat, and sat on the front seat of the campaign vehicle. Meanwhile, party workers atop the vehicle kept waving at people. “Waving of hands by workers atop campaign vehicles is a normal practice. Had Gautam Gambhir not been inside the vehicle we could have considered it wrong but in present case when he was visible for all to see, the BJP feels its just one more controversy by opponents,” he claimed.
The East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency will witness a three-cornered contest between Gambhir, AAP’s Atishi and Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely. Delhi goes to polls on May 12.
The latest charge by AAP comes a day after the party accused the cricketer-turned-politician of distributing across the constituency a pamphlet containing derogatory remarks against her.