The Aam Aadmi Party took a dig at BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir on Friday, alleging that the cricketer-turned-politician had used a lookalike during a roadshow to save himself from scorching heat. The BJP rubbished the charge, saying the AAP was trying to create a controversy over a "minor" thing.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the incident is an example of the "mahamilwat" between Congress and BJP.
Tweeting a picture of Gambhir sitting inside a car, Sisodia said "Gambhir is sitting inside an AC car due to scorching heat, while his lookalike who is a Congress leader is campaigning on his behalf."
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.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) May 10, 2019
और जो डुप्लीकेट है वो असल में कांग्रेसी नेता है. https://t.co/bT0k0QYVSG
In a video, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj asked what was cooking between the BJP and the Congress.
In the clip, Bhardwaj can be seen wearing a cap and dark sunglasses to show how the lookalike could fool the people from a distance.
गौतम गम्भीर जनता को मूर्ख समझते हैं । pic.twitter.com/XUrZFE0lEK— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) May 10, 2019
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.
(With PTI inputs)