Fresh complaint against Gambhir

Fresh complaint against Gambhir

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. PTI file photo

AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi stepped up her campaign against her BJP rival cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Sunday by approaching Election Commission complaining that he organised a campaign rally without permission once again.

In a letter to the Returning Officer of East Delhi seat, she said Gambhir held a rally in J-K Block of Dilshad Garden on Sunday morning without permission from Election Commission and demanded a 72-hour ban on him from campaigning.

"The rally held by him is in violation of Model Code of Conduct. This is the second such violation by him in the last three days which makes him a repeated offender," she said in her letter.

"In the light of repeated willful violation, I request you to register an FIR against him and to bar him from campaigning for 72hours. I hope you will not only act swiftly on my complaint but act in a manner that serves a strong deterrent for all who willfully violate Model Code of Conduct," Atishi said.

On Saturday, the Election Commission had asked Delhi Police to register an FIR against Gambhir for holding a rally in Jangpura without permission. On Friday, Atishi filed the criminal complaint alleging that Gambhir has enrolled "deliberately" and "illegally" as a voter in at least two separate constituencies here -- Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar.

Reacting to the court complaint, Gambhir responded on Sunday, "When you don't have a vision and have done nothing in the last four and half years, you make such allegations, EC will decide this. When you have a vision you don't do such negative politics."

Atishi responded, "seems he is taking an easy way out ― What can we do if he doesn't know how to file a nomination and keeping two cards is a ground for disqualification. It has been more than two days since it has come to light that Gautam Gambhir has two voter IDs. So far he has not even denied the allegation! Doesn't he realise he is going to be disqualified for this?"