‘Kya aapne inhe dekha hai?’ – Posters ridiculing Gautam Gambhir surface in Delhi after he misses pollution meeting
Gambhir was in Indore for the first Test match between India and Bangladesh that the hosts won by an innings and 130 runs.
Published - Nov 17, 2019 12:47 pm | Updated - Nov 17, 2019 12:47 pm
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has now become an MP from East Delhi, has always been an outspoken person. Recently, he has spoken strongly on the issue of air pollution that has covered the national capital and also put a cricket match between India and Bangladesh in uncertainty.
He also criticized the local Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of not doing enough in redressing the menace. And now, Gambhir has faced flak after skipping a parliamentary panel meeting held over the pollution in Delhi.
The 38-year-old, who quit cricket last December and took a plunge into politics and contested in this year’s Lok Sabha election to win, was seen in posters doing the rounds in the ITO area where his whereabouts were asked.
“Have you seen him? He was last spotted at the Indore cricket stadium enjoying jalebis. The entire Delhi is searching for him,” the posters read, in a clear mockery of the cricketer-turned-politician. The meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development over Delhi’s alarming air pollution was held on Friday.
Delhi: Missing posters of BJP MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir seen in ITO area. He had missed the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development meeting, over air pollution in Delhi, on 15th November. pic.twitter.com/cIWBtszMYZ
— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019
Gambhir, who last played an international game for India three years ago, was in Indore for the first Test match between India and Bangladesh that the hosts won by an innings and 130 runs. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman had shared a picture from the venue on Twitter showing him with Gambhir and broadcaster Jatin Sapru having jalebis.
“Kabhi pohe se teekhe, kabhi jalebi se meethe … a wonderful start to the day in Indoor, where we had breakfast outdoor,” Laxman’s tweet read. Gambhir later retweeted the photo and the AAP found a perfect opportunity to accusing him of failing the people of Delhi despite criticising the local Arvind Kejriwal government.
Kabhi pohe se teekhe, kabhi jalebi se meethe … wonderful start to the day in Indoor, where we had breakfast outdoor 😛 pic.twitter.com/DxIPtNqYi7
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 15, 2019
Gautam Gambhir defends himself
Gambhir though defended himself on Twitter saying he should be judged by his work and not by “propaganda or false narrative”. He said the AAP was targeting him to hide his own government’s failure.
“I have not entered politics to make money but I do have a family to support. I believe in hard-earned money and not using public funds to further political ambitions,” the former cricketer said.
My work will speak for itself!
P.S. Agar mujhe gaali dene se Dilli ka pollution kam hoga to AAP jee bhar ke gaali dijiye. cc: Trolls pic.twitter.com/bRyYoFB02c
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 15, 2019
‘Going in circles like a jalebi’
AAP leader Aatishi Marlena, who had contested against Gambhir in the Lok Sabha election, also took a dig at the latter. She even compared him with a jalebi saying in her tweet: “Going in circles like a jalebi to defend the indefensible.”
Only four of the 28-member parliamentary panel were present at the meeting to discuss the pollution issue. Two MPs were invited from Delhi and while AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh was present, Gambhir wasn’t.