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Funds pour in for AAP activists

india Updated: Apr 08, 2014 22:22 IST
Brajesh Kumar
Brajesh Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Even as AAP faces a severe fund crunch and is unable to support its 400+ contestants in the fray, money is pouring in from all over the world for its candidates who have a social work background.

Leading the list is tribal activist Soni Sori and anti-big dam campaigner Medha Patkar.

While Sori has received Rs 13.87 lakh, Patkar has garnered Rs 11.20 lakh, leaving behind the party's well known faces like Shazia Ilmi (Rs 1.45 lakh) and Kumar Vishwas (Rs 8.52 lakh).

Only party chief Arvind Kejriwal is ahead of Patkar and Sori with Rs 27 lakh by way of donations.

Alok Agarwal a prominent name in the Narmada Bachao Andolan, and AAP's candidate from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, has received Rs 9 lakh and Rachna Dhingra, who fought for survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster and is the party's candidate from Bhopal, has received about Rs 7.66 lakh in her kitty.

Dayamani Barla, a journalist and tribal activist contesting from Jharkhand's Khunti constituency has received Rs 5 lakh.

Party sources said support for the activist brigade has come from all across the country as well as abroad and the amounts received online varies from Rs 200 to Rs 10,000.

In case of Soni Sori Rs 14 lakh came from 296 donors with the minimum amount of Rs 100 and the maximum going up to Rs 1 lakh (3 donors).

With a sum of Rs 424 in her bank account Sori, an Adivasi school teacher from Jabeli village in Maoist –affected Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh is the poorest candidate in the Bastar constituency.