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Will stop eating jalebis if that stops pollution: Gambhir hits back at AAP

Acknowledging the importance of the meet, Gambhir defended his absence, saying he was under contractual obligation to be in Indore for the India-Bangladesh cricket match commentary.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

FFormer cricketer and BJP candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Thursday | ormer cricketer and BJP candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Thursday | Photo: PTI

Cricketer-turned-politician on Monday hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party after being targeted by "missing" posters that said the MP was "last seen eating jalebis in Indore".

The posters cropped up in Delhi after Gambhir skipped a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development on air pollution in the National Capital Region.

"If my eating jalebi led to the rise in pollution in the national capital then will stop eating jalebis forever. The work that I have done in my five months of tenure as an MP of Delhi is proof of my seriousness for the issue of pollution," Gambhir told reporters outside Parliament on Monday.

Gambhir, who is the only Lok Sabha MP in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development, skipped the crucial meeting of the panel held on Friday. His absence invited a lot of flak, with leaders launching a concerted campaign against him.

Acknowledging the importance of the meet, Gambhir defended his absence, saying he was under contractual obligation to be in Indore for the India-Bangladesh cricket match commentary.

He then hit back at the and asked the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to focus on curbing pollution rather than attacking him.

The East Delhi MP said he has two small daughters and is sensitive about the issue.

First Published: Mon, November 18 2019. 22:25 IST
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