Prior to 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) head and the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday advocated unpaid assistants, followers and individuals on the whole to contribute to allow the fund- craved party to compete in polls.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that It is for the first time in history that a party is kangaal (bankrupt) and the government is cash- rich. That is because we run on your funds. He further said that We do not depend on money from corrupt millionaires. Kejriwal stated all this while launching the countrywide crowdsourcing movement, “AAP Ka Dhaan, Rashtra ka Nirmaan”, from Talkatora stadium in central Delhi.
Party lacks funds. Party needs funds
While talking to a gathering of about 1,000 party workers from Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal stated that there are polls by the coming two years. The party lacks funds. Party needs funds. All working volunteers should pay around Rs 100 on a monthly basis. The new donation request comes at a time when the party’s capital has been interrogated by the Election Commission over the supposed cover of donations and cash coming via the ‘hawala’ way.
But, the party has called the survey panel’s questions harassment by the Centre. In the drive, the party’s associates of Parliament and MLAs, followed by volunteers, would be going house-to-house in their relevant zones to search for donation. In addition to web donations, people crosswise the nation can back-up the movement by dialing a number, which was introduced at the occasion.
The party has invited its followers to donate at least Rs 100 per month. Thus far, the party has been hinging upon random contributions that have witnessed a dip recently, leading to a monetary crunch. As per the Association for Democratic Reforms, during 2016-17, AAP’s share of capital from people, at Rs 20.83 crore, remained the highest — considerably over other local parties that are mostly reliant on business funding. AAP, instead, got Rs 3.83 crore from businesses.
Launching a devoted number for contributions, Arvind Kejriwal stated that it will work along the line of the doorstep delivery arrangement, in which two private companies have been engaged to collect funds.