The 'war of words' between East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has turned into poster war now. On Sunday, several 'missing' posters of the former cricketer put up on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Road in Delhi. Gambhir and Delhi's ruling AAP has been trading barbs after the BJP MP missed a Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development meeting, over air pollution in Delhi, on November 15.
The meeting had to be put off after a large number of officials and lawmakers did not turn up. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir was pictured enjoying 'Jalebis' in Indore as part of commentary team in the ongoing India Bangladesh cricket series. Ironically, Gambhir has been particularly critical of the Arvind Kejriwal-led city government's handling of the air pollution. After the meeting was postponed and the picture emerged, metizens including many AAP leaders attacked Gambhir for not prioritising his duties as an MP. "Delhi is choking and Gambhir is busy enjoying in Indore," said a tweet from AAP on Friday.
It included a picture of Gambhir eating jalebis with VVS Laxman and Jatin Sapru using hashtag #ShameOnGautamGambhir. It soon became one of the top trends in India.
Gambhir responded with a long letter, claiming his "work will speak for itself." He put out a post saying, "Agar mujhe gaali dene se Dilli ka pollution kam hoga to AAP jee bhar ke gaali dijiye. (If abusing me reduced pollution in Delhi, then AAP (you) can abuse me as much it wants)."
The Lok Sabha MP took to Twitter to list out a slew of projects, in the field of garbage management, education and hygiene, being undertaken in his constituency.
Responding to the allegations of prioritising commercial engagements over working for his constituency, Gambhir said, "Making my commercial engagements (which were entered into before I had become an MP) an issue to mask the incompetence and political greed of their leader, is the saddest thing that the party, which claims to represent honest people, could do."
Accusing the AAP government for spreading propaganda, he further asserted that he has faith in the people and that they will judge him for his work and not on "false narrative spread by the minions of the ‘honest CM’ of Delhi."