Ahead of polls, Kejriwal asks for donations for cash-strapped AAP
With the 2019 polls coming up, Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign to try and raise funds to be able to contest the polls. The call for funds comes at a time when the AAP has been cash-strapped, and the Election Commission has raised questions about sources of its funding. Here are the details.
Kejriwal's exact words in his plea for funds
"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. We do not depend on money from corrupt millionaires," said Kejriwal, speaking at a gathering in Delhi.
How AAP intends to raise funds for polls
Addressing around 1,000 party workers in the national capital, Kejriwal urged that all working volunteers contribute at least Rs. 100 a month as part of the 'AAP ka Dhan, Rashtra ka Nirmaan' campaign. He added that AAP MLAs, and MPs, along with volunteers would go door to door in their respective areas to ask for donations for the party.
Meanwhile, EC has raised questions about AAP's funding
Meanwhile, despite a dip in AAP's funding, questions have been raised about its funding sources. The Election Commission has raised eyebrows over the alleged concealment of donations to the party through the 'hawala route'. However, AAP, as well as Kejriwal, have termed the questions raised by the poll panel a witch-hunt by the NDA government.