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For 2014 battle, Aam Aadmi Party seeks Rs2,014 donations

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 8:59pm IST | Agency: IANS

Determined to spread its wings, the AAP has stepped up fund collection and is urging supporters to donate Rs2,014 -- marking the year when the Lok Sabha election will be held.

Letters have gone out to supporters soliciting Rs2,014 or more -- to add to the election kitty.

"We will be contesting the Lok Sabha election in many states and we will need your support," the letter from the Aam Aadmi Party says.

"Let us kick off 2014 with at least 2,014 supporters donating Rs.2,014 or more."

By 7.30 p.m. Thursday evening, the AAP web site showed 1,890 donations of Rs.2,014 -- from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, as well as Finland, Thailand, Canada and Qatar.

The AAP appeal says: "2013 was a truly eventful year... We have set in motion a huge wave of change across India which we believe will transform our country's politics forever."

It adds: "2014 too will be a year of Aam Aadmi."

But the party is accepting contributions even as measly as Rs.10 and Rs.11.

Most donations seem to be coming from Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Donations have also come in from other parts of India including Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.

According to the web site, the AAP has collected Rs.38.9 million since the Dec 4 election brought it to power in Delhi.

Of this, Rs3.3 million had been collected Thursday alone.

The maximum contributions have come from within India, followed by the US, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, Singapore and Qatar, countries with large concentration of Indians.

The AAP stunned everyone by winning 28 of the 70 Delhi seats in its debut election. It has formed a government with the backing of the Congress party's eight legislators.


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