AAP defends Rs 20,000 per person dinner with Kejriwal, says it was transparent

Fending off criticism about its "Rs 20,000 per person" dinner with Arvind Kejriwal, AAP claimed it was a transparent way of raising money.

Published: March 11, 2014 10:03 pm

Fending off criticism about its “Rs 20,000 per person” dinner with Arvind Kejriwal, AAP on Tuesday claimed it was a transparent way of raising money, unlike the mainstream parties where 75 per cent of funding came from “unknown” sources.

“We are raising money for fighting election in an open and transparent way,” former Infosys Board Member and AAP candidate from Bangalore Central V Balakrishnan, who is said to be co-ordinating the event, told reporters here. The AAP’s fund raising dinner, in which people could participate after contributing Rs 20,000 per person, is scheduled for March 15 when Kejriwal will hold roadshow in and around the city, followed by a public rally the next day.

“We are asking people to come there, interact with Arvind, understand his ideas and if they can contribute minimum Rs 20,000, that will help us in fighting election in more honest way,” Balakrishnan said. He alleged 75 per cent of funding for mainstream political parties come from unknown sources. “Raising money from unknown sources is where the corruption starts, it is like promoting crony capitalism. We will put all the names on the web,” he said, adding AAP’s approach would bring a big change.

Prithvi Reddy, AAP’s national executive member, said that for the first time in this country, AAP was approaching people telling that clean politics requires clean money. “Lot of people have tried to attack us saying that you are charging Rs 20,000 to have a meal with Kejriwal; …that’s not true, Kejriwal certainly is not interested in charging Rs 20,000, nobody is coming there for a meal.

“As a donation to the party we have requested that they give us (money), this is a ticketed event where we are charging a minimum of Rs 20,000,” he added. The party had on Monday announced 3 candidates out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka.

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    Bhajan Hans
    Mar 12, 2014 at 5:04 am
    this is western style, where per person entry with head of a party cost 300-450 dollars-Rs 18,000 to 27,000. good luck, it will be sold out event.
    1. S
      Mar 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm
      It is an excellant democratic way of raising funds for the party to for the elections. May appear a bit strange for system of black money spinners!
      1. H
        Mar 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm
        BJP Rule no 1:If you don't support Modi you are not a HINDU.BJP Rule No. 2 :If you dont support BJP then you are the B-Team of Congress.BJP Rule No. 3 :If you dont support RSS/HDL/VHP then you are not a "NATIONALIST".BJP Rule No. 4 :"Nathuram Godse" was a NATIONALIST.Whatever he did was Correct. And he should have beenawarded with "Bharat Ratna".BJP Rule No. 5 :We (BJP) will " OFFER " apology to Muslims, if they accept it then it is Cool else they are from Bangladesh or stan.BJP Rule No. 6 :Giving " Dharna " for some Right Cause is Anarchism & Unconsutional while Riots and Communal Violence is Consutional ?BJP Rule No. 7 :Kejriwal ne Anna ko Dhokha diya. But Kiran Bedi & V K Singh ne Anna ko apne palko pe bitha ke rakha.BJP Rule No. 8 :If there is no Modi Wave on Ground then use Photoshop & create Modi Wave not only in India but also on International Grounds.BJP Rule No. 9 :Just blindly support Modiji. Don't be Logical.BJP Rule No. 10 :"Teri Maa ki...Tere BehenKi..." you will listen from Modi Bhakts if you ever try to be Logical & Sensible.BJP Rule No. 11 :If you try to solve Naxal's Problem through a peacful way then you are a"Naxalite".BJP Rule No. 12 :As soon as Modi becomes PM, India will surp America & UK in Development.BJP Rule No. 13 :Gujarat Model is the only "Model" that can save INDIA.BJP Rule No. 14 :Only in Modi's rally people can come in Millions.BJP Rule No. 15 :After joining BJP, "Rakhi Sawant" is officially1) Desh ki Beti2) Nationalist3) Honest4)Symbol of Bhartiya Nari.BJP Rule No. 16 :Since Amartya Sen, does not supports Modi as PM then his "Bharat Ratna" should be taken away.BJP Rule No. 17 :When CAG raises UPA's Corruption then its 100% TRUE. When CAG raises Gujarat's Corruption then its Congress's B Team.BJP Rule No. 18 :Modi's Mother is Mother India.BJP Rule No. 19 :Arvind Kejriwal should have been supported Modiji. Since he is not supporting Modiji he is a Traitor & Anti National.BJP Rule No. 20 :We won't form Govt with you, you should form Govt with Congress so that we can"tag" you as the B Team of Congress.BJP Rule No. 21 :We will make Ram Mandir. But won't tell you the Date.BJP Rule No. 22 :We are the Official "Thekedaars" of HINDUISM.BJP Rule No. 23 :Mayawati's statues of worth 500 Crore is waste of Public Money while Modi's Statue of Unity of 2500 Crore is for Tourism.BJP Rule No. 24 :Modi can make India " Congress Mukta Bharat" through his Speeches but AAP taking on Congress directly is a DRAMA.BJP Rule No. 25 :NRI's supporting AAP are Ford Agents while DOW CHEMICAL responsible for Bhopal Gas Tragedy are Saints.BJP Rule No. 26 :Somnath Bharti busted a Racket thereforehe is a nath Bharti, KARNATKA BJPMLA's watching in embly is Cool.BJP Rule No. 27 :For BJP Bhakts, "Modi got Clean Chit from SC & Gujarat Model" can be replaced with atri Mantra.BJP Rule No. 28 :Madhu Kishwar is Intelligent.
        1. G
          Mar 12, 2014 at 11:24 am
          mr.arvind kejriwal's policy-'make the lie big,make it simple,keep saying it and eventually people will believe it, sad but it wont work further sir.
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            Monika Verma
            Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26 am
            AAP does it again. Asking for 20k for a dinner is just too much. Will the party even bring it out what they wish to do with the funds raised. It is incorrect to say that this process is transparent.
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