Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed for more funds for the party, after donations to the political outfit reportedly dried up over the last few months.
Admitting that the party was facing a fund crunch, Kejriwal said, “After government formation (in Delhi), whatever cash the party had, is over. We need money to run the party, for its day-to-day expenses.”
The chief minister also acknowledged that the appeal for donations for a party, from a CM, was somewhat unconventional.
“You may say I am a strange CM, asking for money even after coming to power. But this is the difference. If I had to earn money using wrong means, I could have (done that) and there was no need to appeal. But I don’t intend to take the route of corruption. Even your Rs 10 will help us practise honest politics,” he said.
The party also launched a nationwide fundraising drive called ‘Clean Money, Clean Politics’, with several advertisements on social media. Senior leader Kumar Vishwas is leading the drive, which seemed to yield immediate results, with the party witnessing a huge surge in donations after the chief minister’s plea. The AAP received over Rs 9 lakh by 9 pm on Tuesday; the party had collected only Rs 18,000 in the last four days.