Rs 2 crore is what the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has targeted for collection till August 15 for its campaign ahead of the November assembly elections here.
AAP has estimated a requirement of R20 crore for various expenses across 70 seats. The party has launched 'Quest for Swaraj' campaign, to coincide with the anniversary of Quit India Movement and continue till August 15, the "to urge corrupt and immoral politics to quit India".
Right since its inception last year, the party has maintained that it would fight elections with people's money.
The party had launched 'I am Santosh' campaign last month to raise the entire legally permissible amount of Rs 14 lakh for Santosh Koli, the party's candidate-designate for Seemapuri seat. AAP had claimed it was a campaign in that name for all 70 constituencies. However, the campaign has been abandoned — at least its name dropped — since Koli's death earlier this week after battling a serious head injury sustained in an accident over a month ago.
Explaining the logic for collecting Rs 20 crore, Manish Sisodia, AAP's spokesperson, said: "There would be certain central expenses such as those on hoardings and banners. Also, till the time there is an official notification about the November assembly elections, we need to collect funds from people for all 70 Assembly seats."
"We seek clean money from people like you, so that we can make a difference for you," goes the AAP appeal.