NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party received Rs 18 lakh within hours of its national convener Arvind Kejriwal issuing an appeal for donations “to help keep the idea of a clean alternate politics alive”, raking in more in a day than it had in over a fortnight since the beginning of October.
The donations were triggered by the Delhi’s chief minister’s e-mail to donors in which he quoted figures released recently by a political watchdog to hit out at his rivals over dodgy funding. He also outlined challenges that his party faced due to lack of money.
Kejriwal’s message, issued in an email sent to donors on Dhanteras on Tuesday, led to fresh donations of Rs 14.72 lakh within a day, with more than 1,830 people responding. The lowest contribution was Rs 10, and the highest Rs 1 lakh. On Wednesday, the party received Rs 4.61 lakh from 641 donors till 2 pm.
Between October 1 and 16, the party received Rs 13. 23 Lakh from 835 donors. It has a committed group of around 400 donors who contribute on a monthly basis.
In the appeal, Kejriwal quoted recently issued statistics by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to hit out at the BJP and the Congress. The appeal comes ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Rajasthan and local polls in Uttar Pradesh where the party is testing the waters.
“According to the ADR report, 80% of political funding of BJP and Congress is from unknown sources. It creates a government with vested interests, and its loyalty is always leaning towards their funding agencies instead of the welfare of aam aadmis like us. This is probably why majority of our citizens are struggling for basic human necessities even after 70 years of independence,” it said.