After he was accused of distributing a pamphlet filled with derogatory allegations against a political rival, former cricketers have come out in support of Gautam Gambhir, who is the BJP’s candidate from the East Delhi constituency.
On Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate Atishi accused Gambhir of distributing the pamphlets that contained derogatory remarks on her personal life.
Former India cricketer and commentator VVS Laxman tweeted in support of Gambhir on Friday. Laxman expressed shock over the allegations and said: “Shocked to hear about yesterday’s developments. Having known @GautamGambhir for nearly 2 decades, I can vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women.”
Shocked to hear about yesterday's developments. Having known @GautamGambhir for nearly 2 decades, I can vouch for his integrity, character and the respect he has for women.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 10, 2019
Apart from Laxman, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also backed Gambhir. In a tweet, the off-spinner wrote: “I am shocked to note (the) events involving Gautam Gambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill of any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this.”
I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill for any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 10, 2019
Other cricketers like Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Ramesh Powar, Sheldon Jackson, Parvinder Awana, also came out in Gambhir’s support.
Purely talking about the man I know @GautamGambhir he won’t disrespect women
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 10, 2019
— RAMESH POWAR (@imrameshpowar) May 10, 2019
— Sheldon Jackson (@ShelJackson27) May 10, 2019
I stand by @GautamGambhir bhaiya. I have known him since a very long time. Whatever is being said to defame him is baseless. It's shocking and disappointing to see politics of this sort.
— Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) May 10, 2019