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Sunday, January 11
Aam Aadmi Party’s latest initiative to encourage transparency in political funding,
#IFundHonestParty Challenge, launched by party convenor, Arvind Kejriwal on January 2, has received an overwhelming response, with donors from all over the world having donated Rs two crore in first 10 days of the campaign.
An interesting feature of this latest fund raising initiative has been that highest single day donations were received on January 10 (Saturday), the day when Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi launched a negative campaign against Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP.
The AAP has decided to make source of funds to political parties as one of its focal points of campaign for the Delhi assembly elections.
The AAP challenges the BJP and the Congress to reveal their sources of funds and let the people of Delhi know how much money they will spend on their campaign for the Delhi assembly elections.
Can the BJP tell the people of Delhi how much money it spent on its much hyped rally of Saturday which ultimately turned out to be a flop and failed to generate any response among the residents of the city ?
So far, atleast 4500 donors have participated in the #IFundHonestParty Challenge, which has seen a variety of local fund-raising programmes launched by party units in India and abroad, including “SelfieWithMufflerMan” in Bangalore; #FlameOfHope in UK; over 10 lunch/dinner events in Delhi assemblies; a lunch event in Lucknow and a Dinner event in Mumbai.
“The #IFundHonestParty Challenge” has ignited the imagination of our volunteers from across the world. Nearly every day we get a request to approve a new, innovative fund-raising initiative” said Pankaj Gupta, national secretary, AAP.
The party released the following figures for the campaign on Sunday :
Amount of funds collected/committed till 10 January : Rs. 2 crore
# of donors : 4500
# of emails sent : 28105
The #IFundHonestPolitics Challenge is modelled after the #IceBucketChallenge . AAP makes an appeal to donors to a) make a donation b) invite and appeal to at least 10 of their friends and family members to also donate.
Individuals named by Arvind Kejriwal have accepted the challenge, made their donations and tagged other friends and family to the challenge. “Many of our state and district level colleagues are also taking the challenge and helping extend the reach” said Pankaj Gupta.
An interesting aspect of the Challenge is the funds collected through its mobile app, AAP-Ka-Daan. According to the party’s fund team small cash donations from small donors was up significantly and people were very enthused by instance receipt via SMS and instantly seeing their name on AAP’s donation.
Visit AAP site to contribute.