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AAP Is 'Kangaal', Party Needs Money For Elections, Says Kejriwal Appealing For Donations

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| October 16 , 2018 , 10:48 IST

In an open appeal for donations ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged volunteers, supporters and the public in general to donate to the party to help it in contesting elections.

“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,” Kejriwal said, launching the nationwide crowd sourcing campaign, “AAP Ka Dhaan, Rashtra ka Nirmaan” from Delhi.

“There are elections in the next two years. We do not have money. Party needs money. All working volunteers must contribute at least Rs 100 per month. Your family members who earn have to contribute,” Kejriwal said, addressing a gathering of around 1,000 party workers.

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"Apart from me, my family will also donate to the campaign. While my wife will give Rs 5,000 to the campaign, my daughter, who just started working, will donate Rs 5,000 to the drive. My father will give Rs 500 every month," Kejriwal said.

The appeal for donations comes at a time when the Election Commission has been questioning AAP's funding after allegations over concealed donations and money coming in through 'hawala' routes which AAP condemned as a witch hunt by the Centre.

As a part of the fund raising campaign, AAP members of Parliament and MLAs would be going door-to-door in their respective areas, accompanied by volunteers, to seek donations. The party launched a phone number as well for people to contribute money to AAP. So far, AAP had been depending on random donations which have witnessed a recent dip, leading to a financial crunch for the party.

Although the Aam Aadmi Party has been attempting to expand its footprint beyond the national capital where it has formed government, the party has received minimal success. Regardless, the AAP has said that it would be contesting both the Haryana state assembly elections and the Lok Sabha 2019 elections independently.