Bangalore fund-raiser: Dine with Kejriwal for Rs 20,000

1st fund-raiser in Nagpur tomorrow.

Nagpur/bangalore | Published:March 12, 2014 3:58 am

When AAP convener and former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visits Nagpur and Bangalore this week, supporters sitting down to dine with him would hand out cheques. The dinner would cost Rs 20,000 per person in Bangalore. 

In Nagpur, AAP supporters are likely to dole out between Rs 8,000 and Rs 25,000, and the amount may touch Rs 1 lakh. The minimum was yet to be decided until Monday evening. The ‘Dinner with Kejriwal’ in Nagpur is likely to be held on Thursday and in Bangalore on March 15..

Over 200 have already signed in for participation in Bangalore. Some 300 people drawn largely from AAP support base in the IT sector are key source of funding for AAP candidates in Bangalore. The group, the Well Wishers of AAP forum, was founded to organize funds for the Delhi assembly elections, a member of the group said. The group runs http://www.wwaap.org.

The Nagpur group of AAP has decided Tuli International hotel as the venue. The Bangalore venue will be revealed by Wednesday evening.

Prajakta Atul, the AAP spokesperson in Nagpur, said: “We haven’t yet decided on minimum cut-off. It could be Rs 8,000 or Rs 25,000. We are going to appeal to donors to donate up to Rs 1 lakh.”

Dr Radhakrishna, AAP member in Bangalore, said. “We as a group wanted to contribute to the party. We believe in money at the table not under the table. We want to use this opportunity when Arvind visits Bangalore.”

The fundraising will be transparent and based on three conditions, AAP national executive member Prithvi Reddy said. “Contributions have to be only through cheques, details will be updated on the party website and there will be no strings attached to donations,” he explained.

“Individuals who believe clean politics requires clean money can contribute,” he said.

One of the key drivers of the fundraiser in Bangalore is former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, the AAP candidate for Bangalore Central. “At present nearly 75 per cent of funding for elections comes from unknown sources. AAP is introducing new traditions,’’ he said.

“We have responses from people from all walks of life. People from rural districts, retired officials as well techies. Some who cannot travel to be part of the dinner have come forward to contribute,” said a WWAAP member who identified himself as Joe, a techie.

The party is also launching ‘sponsor your candidate’ campaign. “In this campaign we will reach out to 2000 people in each constituency and ask them to contribute Rs 2000 each,” said Prithvi Reddy.

For the middle-class electorate, the party is introducing ‘Nanna Mana Dhana Aam Aadmi’ campaign. The party would distribute tokens, for a donation of Rs 50, along with an ‘I funded Aam Aadmi’ ba-dge. In lower income househo-lds, it would collect Rs 10 each.

Kaunain Sheriff M

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    Hic
    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm
    Main hoon AAM AADMI but I will only vote for MODI
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    dave
    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm
    Well 1000s are giving 20000 for Dinner with AAP Atleast they are opening showingNo underhand
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    Monika Verma
    Mar 13, 2014 at 11:29 am
    Same non-sense tactics by Aam Admi Party. 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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    Rajiv Ranjan
    Mar 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    I would love to be on FAST instead of paying to Khujliwal.
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  5. R
    Ram
    Mar 12, 2014 at 4:29 am
    HOW IS AAP GETTING FUNDS IS QUESTIONABLE ? AK IS A CONDUIT FOR CONVERSION OF BLACK TO WHITE
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    Seshadri
    Mar 14, 2014 at 6:10 am
    Wonder what is driving people like Balakrishna support this 21st century Stalin. He is brain washing other s like him to lose their wealth and possibly much more for this Frankenstein Monster in the making. I am more worried about the damage such people can cause to the country.
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    Pancham
    Mar 12, 2014 at 3:32 am
    politics is the best and easiest way to earn money
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    V.V.Kalyanasundaram
    Mar 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm
    Aamm Aadmi Party will not be able to secure majority in the Loksabha to form a Govt., Kejriwal will be playing spoil sport
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