Bengaluru, Jan 12: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday hit the election campaign trail in the IT hub Bengaluru and managed to raise Rs 1.75 crore funds for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, that are slated to take place on Feb 7, Saturday.
According to a report published in TOI, the AAP had made a target of raising Rs 3 crore funds, but due to the lost momentum, it could gather only Rs 1.75 crore. [Delhi assembly polls to be held on Feb 7]
To raise the funds, the party workers had organised three events: Lunch, Selfies and Tea with Arvind Kejriwal.
Out of 200 participants, only 150 attended the event, with the minimum donation of Rs 20,000.
A selfie with the 'Mufflerman' Kejriwal was at the cost of Rs 500 each.
Kejriwal told participants that his party needs Rs 20 crore to 30 crore to fight Delhi assembly elections, where as 'BJP is spending Rs 300 crore in campaigns', he claimed.
Kejriwal also said that his party will make an impressive comeback in the Delhi politics, with a vote share of 45% against BJP's 41%.
On Sunday, Jan 11, while addressing a rally in Bengaluru, Kejriwal said 'his party was in a straight contest with the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections.
In an attempt to garner more votes, AAP has recently launched 2-D mobile game, "Mufflerman" and Mufflerman T-shirts. [After mobile game, AAP launches "Muffler Man" T-shirts]
On Jan 2, Friday, Kejriwal had launched 'I Fund Honest Party' challenge under which he nominated 11 people, including his brother and sister, to donate money for the party ahead of Delhi assembly polls. He kickstarted the campaign by himself donating Rs 10,000 to the party.
AAP is taking all such initiatives to raise funds for the upcoming assembly election in Delhi and to connect to the voters, especially the youth.
Although AAP has been raising donations through its fund-raising events and campaigns, it is yet to reach the figure of Rs 30 crore, it has set to contest the elections.
AAP has also made women security a major issue in the upcoming Delhi Assembly election and has announced a slew of measures for their safety.
Kejriwal will contest the upcoming assembly elections from his New Delhi constituency. He had defeated three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2013 in the constituency by over 26,000 votes. He then headed a minority government for 49 days.