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Every time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gets “cornered” over an issue, the support is not only seen on the streets. The party’s cash boxes also start jingling.
As news of party chief Arvind Kejriwal being “detained” in BJP-ruled Gujarat on Wednesday broke, clashes between AAP volunteers and those from the saffron party broke out in several states. And simultaneously, donations also peaked.
Compared to Rs 6,67,852 received from 377 people as donations online a day before, “the detention day” saw Rs 24,05078 being donated from 1,544 people, a hike of 260%. Even between Monday and Saturday, the daily donation ranged only between Rs 8 to 10 lakh. But till 8 pm on Thursday, 1,133 people had donated Rs 20,02,229.
And it’s not for the first time that supporters have extended monetary support in times of either “crisis” or “happy moments”. Hours after Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in November last year that donations made to AAP were being looked into, contributions peaked manifold. Also, wishing a “happy new year” to the party, 2,476 supporters had on January 1 donated Rs 41 lakh.
After the Delhi assembly elections, starting December 12, the party has received more than Rs 11 crore from 54,077 donors. At 73.8%, India, followed by US, UAE, Singapore, figures on top of the list of donor countries for AAP. In India, the maximum amount of money has come from Delhi, followed by Uttar Pradesh.
In less than three months, AAP has received Rs 11 crore for the Lok Sabha polls, half of what it received in a year for the Delhi assembly polls.