Fighting Congress & AAP not as important as fulfilling Modi's promises, says Gautam Gambhir
Political pundits might be judging a contest between BJP's Gautam Gambhir and Aam Adami Party's Atishi in East Delhi as the toughest of all the seven Lok Sabha seats, but the cricketer-turned-politician is least bothered about it as some 'more worthy' things are ruling his mind.
Speaking to Mail Today on the sidelines of his first press conference as a politician on Thursday, the 37-year-old former cricketer stressed he is focusing on major issues - sanitation and drinking water - and the main challenge before BJP in the Capital is not AAP and Congress but fulfilling the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and take his development agenda forward.
"I have played cricket with true spirit and have now joined politics with the same intention. I am an athlete and I like to make thing very clear and easy to understand. My aim is to make East Delhi the best constituency and when I am saying this I actually mean it. I hear many people boast of turning Delhi into London or Paris but neglect improving basic amenities like sanitation and drinking water facilities. I will make the city how a national capital should be. Pollution is also a major issue," said Gauti, as he is fondly called by his family and friends. "For us, AAP and Congress are not the main challenges for BJP. The challenge is to fulfil the promises made by the party and PM Modi," he added.
In the upcoming polls, Gambhir is pitted against Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP's Atishi. Coming down heavily on AAP, the cricketer-turnedpolitician further said the Arvind Kejriwal & Co. was aggressively pursuing the statehood issue to hide its failures in governance. He said the Congress and AAP had no vision except defeating PM Modi and Amit Shah.
"AAP has made statehood its plank just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to hide its failures. It is just a ploy as they don't have anything concrete to show in governance. The Opposition doesn't have any vision except defeating PM Modi and Amit Shah," he said.
Gambhir also confidently replied to questions on the Opposition's dig at celebrities' failure in politics. "I will let my work do the talking. Anything I'd say right now would seem like an attempt to take my political campaign forward. The best answer would be the people's response after five years." He also reminded people, who doubt if a celebrity can make a good MP, that it's a national election.
"It's all about teamwork. I have got a fabulous team. We have got to work hard, go to the people and try to solve as many issues as we can. We will not make any false promises."
(With inputs from Isha Gupta/ India Today TV)