Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha
New Delhi: On a mission to defeat the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has sent out an appeal for “clean money”, requesting for doations.
Kejriwal, who is contesting the General Elections against Modi from the seat of Varanasi, hit the campaign trail in the holy city of temples on Tuesday when he arrived there with his family.
Kejriwal will remain here till May 12, the last day of elections, when Varanasi will go to the polls.
He is expected to spend time in villages in Varanasi, focussing mainly on small meetings all over the constituency and having discussions with members of various communities.
On the very day of arrival in Varanasi, he tweeted asking for donations from people wishing to contribute by sending an sms to 9868069953.
Reached varanasi. Will go to amethi on 20th. Need clean money to fight Modi and Rahul. Pl sms me at 9868069953 if u wish to donate. Pl RT.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 15, 2014
Other than individual donations, which he has been recieving even from abroad, Kejriwal has earlier held fund-raising dinners, with the one held in Bangalore (Rs 20,000-per person dinner) fetching unexpectedly high amount of Rs 50 Lakh.
The dinner held at Nagpur, which cost Rs. 10, 000 per person, fell below expectations as only 35 people turned out.
Aam Aadmi Party claims to be very transparent and posts the donors` name and amounts donated on its website.
According to the latest post on AAP website, kejriwal`s party has managed to fetch more than Rs 27 crore after Delhi elections (since Dec 12, 2013).
The donations on Wednesday amountd to Rs 3,73,260 by 61 donors.
Indians from around 114 countries have made the donations, says the website.
Delhi BJP President Harsh Vardhan has called AAP an "apparition" which has the backing of foreign powers.
Kejriwal, who arrived in Varanasi with posters of “Delhi ka bhagoda” (Deserter from Delhi) greeting him, later in an interaction with the electorate said that he was not a deserter.
“I am not a deserter. Tell them, I am standing here...If the people defeat Modi in Varanasi, then no one will make him the Prime Minister of the country... And moreover the BJP will also get finished."
Kejriwal shot to the political prominence after a spectacular show in Delhi Assembly elections after which he was made the Chief Minister. But after a 49-day stint as the CM, Kejriwal resigned.
He is now aiming to take on Modi from Varanasi in Lok Sabha elections.