Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed to have received donations ranging from Rs 10 to lakhs from rickshaw pullers to traders to NRIs to help it fight the Delhi assembly polls and bring a ‘corruption-free’ administration.

It said it has so far received over Rs 12 crore as donations from cross section of people and most of them are the first time donors to a political party.

The AAP, which aims to collect Rs 20 crore for the upcoming elections, has received over Rs 6.20 crore from donors in India while rest have come from NRIs based in the US, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

“We are receiving around Rs 10 lakh daily from all sources, and expect to hit the target Rs 20 crore soon as we still have time before the elections. Also, our door-to-door collection programme is a hit, as it allows us to establish a connection with the people,” an AAP activist said.

The AAP, which has kept all its transactions and donations in public domain by posting details on its Web site, has got large amount of donations from the US-based NRIs.

“Over 4,000 donors have contributed a total of Rs 1,16,67,059, which is around 12 per cent of the party’s total contribution, followed by NRIs in Hong Kong. One Hong Kong-based NRI donated Rs 50 lakh for the party and assured us that he would urge other NRIs to donate more to the party fund,” the activist said.

At his public meetings in the national capital to garner support, Kejriwal had asked people to donate to the AAP.

(This article was published on September 29, 2013)
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