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Gautam Gambhir counter-attacks AAP for alleging he has 2 voter ids

The cricketer-turned-politician said, 'When you have no vision and have done nothing in the last four-and-a-half years, you make such allegations.'

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party had filed a police complaint against BJP candidate and cricketer Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi on Friday claiming that he had two voter ID cards. Speaking on the issue, Gambhir said on Sunday that the issue would be decided by the Election Commission.

AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi has claimed that Gambhir has voter ID cards from two different areas of Delhi: Karol Bagh and Rajendra Nagar. She alleged that, in the affidavit given to the returning officer while filing the nomination, Gambhir kept it a secret that he is is registered as a voter in Karol Bagh as well. “It is punishable under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act. The guilty can be sentenced to imprisonment of six months,” Atishi had said.

On Twitter, Atishi posted photographs of the two alleged voter ids of Gautam Gambhir, in which two different areas are named, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar, both bearing the name of Gautam Gambhir.

Earlier, the AAP candidate from South Delhi Raghav Chadha had complained about the nomination papers of his rival in the BJP Ramesh Bidhuri too.

AAP’s Chadha to challenge nomination papers of Bidhuri in HC

Gambhir said, “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there.”

Gambhir added, “When you have no vision and have done nothing in the last four-and-a-half years (since the AAP government was formed in Delhi), you make such allegations.”

The cricketer-turned-politician said that the EC would decide on the allegations against him.

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir had joined the BJP on 22 March, saying that the “foresight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” had impressed him. The 37-year-old cricketer said, “I am impressed by the foresight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I have made my contribution to cricket and hope that I can do more for the country.”

Last Tuesday, Gautam Gambhir led a roadshow before filing his nomination papers as the BJP candidate from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP has fielded him replacing MP Mahesh Giri who represented this constituency for the past five years.

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