New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan's sister, Shalini Gupta on Tuesday strongly denied allegations that she had requested members of the NRI team of the party to stop donations.
"An article has recently been published, where the title of the article claiming that Prashant Bhushan's sister's emails take AAP to breaking point is extremely misleading and damaging. I have never sent any email to the NRI team asking people not to donate. No one in the NRI team has seen any such mail from me. People have spent hours searching their mailboxes and no one has found such a mail," Gupta said, in an email conversation with ANI.
"The excerpts quoted in the article are from a mail conversation with a small group of 6-7 people in Chicago in the context of a discussion on adopting a constituency and not to the 700-800 people in the NRI Global group as reported in the article. In this email chain no comment was made regarding not donating. Emails have been pouring into our Global group email forum since yesterday from our volunteers across the globe expressing outrage at what is perceived as a deliberate misrepresentation by this article," she added.
Gupta further said that the supporter group, for which she is a coordinator, has contributed 'a great deal' to its success, especially in the recent Delhi assembly polls.
"The NRI/Global supporter organization that I was coordinating for the past three years is a very strong organization that has contributed a great deal to the party and its success in three successive elections. One out of three of all the donations to the party and many important back end tasks have been handled by this team including IT, Social Media, Calling Campaign, Fund Raising, National Helpline and Email response, support to MLAs, even down to booth management and remote booth monitoring on the day of the elections," she said.
"The NRI/Global supporter team has contributed as enthusiastically in this election as in previous ones and has a played a very important role in the success of the party in the recent Delhi elections," she added.
Gupta also said that she is 'committed' to a united AAP.
"As someone with over 30 years of expertise building high performing organizations in some of the largest companies in the world, I believe an organisation is founded on trust, teamwork, transparency and above all empowerment. I will always continue to espouse those values. Different ideas, suggestions, concerns must be allowed expression and must not be suppressed in an effort to ensure conformity and discipline," she said.
"The entire Global Supporter/NRI community consists of passionate, dedicated and selfless volunteers working for a better India. We remain committed to a united AAP," she added.
Earlier, a media report had alleged that Gupta had sent out e-mails to members of the AAP Global group, discouraging them from donating money to the party.