Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has courted a fresh controversy outside the cricket field, yet again. This time, the Delhi-based cricketer is facing social media roasting for his decision to attack the city Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the rising level of pollution in the national capital.
Taking to Twitter, Gambhir used a line from an old Bollywood song to high how Kejriwal had done nothing in checking the air pollution of Delhi. He wrote, “Darde Dil, Darde Jigar Dilli mein jagaya AAP ne, pahle to yahan Oxygen tha, Oxygen bhagay aap ne. @ArvindKejriwal @AamAadmiParty our generations are going up in smoke like your false promises. U had 1 full year to tame dengue &pollution, sadly you couldn’t control either. Wake up!!!”
“दर्दे दिल, दर्दे जिगर दिल्ली में जगाया AAP ने, पहले तो यहाँ Oxygen था, Oxygen भगाया AAP ने।” @ArvindKejriwal @AamAadmiParty our generations are going up in smoke like your false promises. U had 1 full year to tame dengue &pollution, sadly you couldn’t control either. Wake up!!! pic.twitter.com/xePi5mubO5
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 31, 2018
No sooner did Gambhir, who has campaigned for the BJP in the past in elections, post his tweet critical of AAP and Kejriwal, he began to face social media roasting from the latter’s supporters. Almost everyone from AAP attacked him for showing his ‘desperation’ in seeking the ticket from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency ahead of the next year’s elections.
AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, Saurabh Bharadwaj, wrote, “Gautam Gambhir Ji, Don’t show so much desperation for New Delhi Lok Sabha ticket from BJP. Better educate BJP CMs in Haryana & UP to stop stubble burning.”
Another AAP supporter, who runs pro-Kejriwal handle, AAP Ka Mehta, wrote, “Hey Gambhir, Heard your are begging BJP for South Delhi Lok Sabha Ticket. Are these tweets to make your Boss Happy? And Buttering to get a LS Ticket? Pls clear your Political Inclinations before exposing your ignorance and stupidity!!”
Here are some other reactions:
Rumoured to be BJP’s south Delhi contestant for 2019…. https://t.co/r0UN6GKxNy
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) October 31, 2018
Somebody wants BJP’s ticket for South Delhi…. https://t.co/DBXA5h3mGW
— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) October 31, 2018
— Nitin Kandharkar (@NRK_Nitin) November 1, 2018
Last month Gambhir was embroiled in a Twitter spat with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had to shut him up after the former India opener sought to lecture him on nationalism.
In August, several media reports had indicated that Gambhir may contest the 2020 assembly elections from Delhi as the reports of Delhi cricketer possibly joining the BJP gains momentum.
Rising air pollution in Delhi has become an annual affair. Kejriwal had earlier this week tweeted saying that his government was doing ‘its best to check pollution.’