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After Kejriwal, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann donates a month’s salary to Irom Sharmila’s party

A day after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal donated Rs 50,000 to rights activist Irom Sharila’s party which is fighting Manipur elections, Aam Aadmi Party Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann followed suit and donated one month’s salary.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 19, 2017 19:04 IST
Bhagwant Mann

Civil rights activist and Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) part candidate for the state assembly elections Irom Sharmila (R) poses for a photograph as she files her election nomination papers in the Thoubal district of the state of Manipur on February 16, 2017. (AFP Photo)

A day after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal donated Rs 50,000 to rights activist Irom Sharila’s party which is fighting Manipur elections, Aam Aadmi Party Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann followed suit and donated one month’s salary.

In response, Sharmila’s PRJA party tweeted: “Thanks a lot Mann sir for supporting our campaign and believing in us. We will change Manipur for good.”

Maan himself is fighting the Punjab Assembly elections as AAP candidate from Jalalabad seat against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

With shortage of funds and manpower, Sharmila’s People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) party has taken to online crowdfunding to raise funds and campaigning on cycle to reach out to the masses.

Kejriwal had on Saturday said he is donating Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila and also made an appeal to people on Twitter to help her.

“I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her and appeal to everyone to support her,” he had tweeted.

PRJA is the first regional party in Manipur which has taken to crowdfunding to finance the poll expenses in the state. According to PRJA sources, online crowdfunding with a slogan “Ten For a Change” is an idea intended to involve more people, bring in transparency in election funding and reach out to the masses.

“The online crowdfunding is in line with the party’s call for accountable governance. When we started the party there was a need for funds,” a PRJA source said.