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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal interacts with party leaders during a programme in Bengaluru, on Jan 11, 2015. (IANS)

I Fund Honest Party: AAP Raises Rs 2 Crore, Kejriwal Says No one Can Influence AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party has generated Rs 2 crore within days after it launched the fund raising campaign, “#IFundHonestParty” challenge ahead of the Delhi Assembly poll.

While the party has a target of Rs 30 crore, Rs 2 crore has been raised from 4,500 people through the fund raising challenge. National Secretary of AAP, Pankaj Gupta reportedly said, “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.”

Meanwhile, addressing a fund raising programme on Sunday, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed his confidence on winning the polls in Delhi. He slammed the BJP, stressing that the party is funded by Ambanis and Adanis, who think their funds to BJP as an investment.

Keriwal said, “When this happens, elected representative will not be able to mingle with the masses and are instead, confined to the company of those who fund the party’s activities.

However, he said that none can influence his party as the party is being funded by public money, “I want to state that nobody will be able to influence AAP as we are funded by public money, which is clean and legal.”

He has also said that “a recent pre-poll survey has indicated that the AAP is ahead of the BJP.” Amid, the recent campaign of BJP at Ramlila Maidan was attended by only about 40,000 people as per media reports, where the party had expected lakhs of people. Ponting fingers to this, Kejriwal said that “This proves that the connection and trust that the BJP had with the public is now broken.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed Kejriwal during his campaign at Ramlila Maidan. He has said, “Those who call themselves anarchists should join the Naxals in the jungles. Anarchism does not belong to Delhi, which is the centre of politics in this country.”

He added, “These people are experts in protests and sit-in’s, so give them that job. We are experts in governing, so entrust us what we are good at. One full year has been wasted for the city and you should punish those who were responsible.”

In response to Modi’s criticism, Kejriwal reportedly said, “Name-calling is not politics. Though he (Modi) called me names, not one word was uttered about my stint as Delhi chief minister. Hence, even they (BJP) believe that I have done good work.”

However, apart from the fund raising challenge that was launched on January 2, the party has launched some other programmes such as #MealWithKejriwal and #SelfieWithMufflerMan too.

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