AAP raises Rs one cr in fundraiser dinner

New Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Aam Aadmi Party today claimed to have achieved a target of raising Rs 1 crore with the support of around 400 traders in and around Delhi who took part in the fundraiser dinner held here.

In a event attended by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and ministers Kapil Mishra, Imran hussain and MLAs Sukhbir Singh Dalal and Som Dutt, the party's trade wing convener Brijesh Goyal declared that the support from traders has helped party achieve the target and the funds would be utilised for elections in Punjab and Goa.

Earlier, AAP had promised to keep its funding process transparent and declare all information related to donations on its official website, however, it also decided to conceal the identity of some of its donors to avoid being "victimised" by opponents.

Speaking at the event, Sisodia hit out at "corporate- funded political parties" and remarked that it is "never a sustainable model" to rely on such funds for election campaigns.

He said, "Those parties who receive funds from corporate giants will be forced to change public policies because of vested interests. To avoid such intervention we are relying on a sustainable model through which we receive funds from public." 

Sisodia recalled days of his first election in which he was elected and said it was in a similar way he had raised Rs 4 lakh for the election work whereas his rival spent Rs 4 crores to woo voters.

"Whenever we needed money we have stood before the common man asking for it and we have received it. This is the sustainable model," Sisodia said.

He also vowed to take up issues of traders. "We will be receiving points of agenda from the traders and will set a count down to fulfil their requests," Sisodia said.

On cash crunch, he said we are a nation with people who would not hesitate to reach out to shops offering commodities at cheaper prices even if they are far away.

"We like to save money, but transaction charges incurred by digital transactions are forcing people to change the attitude of saving money," Sisodia said.
Source - PTI

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