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'AAP adopted Obama model of crowd sourcing to win Delhi polls'

punjab Updated: Dec 30, 2013 19:50 IST
HT Correspondent

Not adopting the conventional method of contesting elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rather implemented US President Barack Obama's model of "crowd sourcing" to click with the masses in Delhi.

This was stated by senior leader of AAP Yogendra Yadav during an interactive session organised by Haryana Insaaf Society on 'Significance of Delhi assembly elections in Indian democracy' here on Monday.

He said while established parties were relying on and using worn-out idea of collecting fat donations from big organisations or individuals, it was for the first time that Obama used the method of crowd sourcing by asking small donations from Americans.

He said generating funds for the party was a big question for them when they decided to fight against established and old parties - the BJP and Congress - in Delhi.

On AAP's model of collecting donations, Yadav said people questioned the idea when the party announced to collect `20-crore donation through crowd sourcing. It not only worked out as planned but the party had to urge donors to stop giving money, he added.

Yadav said the results were phenomenal only because people did not have any option earlier, while AAP's honest and clean faces in the fray gave them an option and they voted the party for good governance and a clean system, which had completely collapsed.

Yadav, who is senior fellow at the Centre for Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, said the win in the Delhi elections had busted many myths, like a Muslim girl, Shazia Ilmi, almost reached near victory from RK Puram assembly constituency where the Muslim community was in minority.

He said this experiment was a befitting reply to political parties who field candidates keeping their religion and region in mind, which is a divisive politics.

Expressing surprise on the recent alleged recruitment scam in the Haryana Civil Services (HCS), he said when the atmosphere in entire country is anti-corruption the state government had set an opposite example by adopting pick-and-choose policy in the HCS exam.

On the media reports alleging that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government favoured UPA president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in the state, he said the government had failed to do its minimum responsibility on taking on corruption. He said AAP would initiate probe against all such shady land deals if it comes to power in the state.

Haryana Insaaf Society president Neelima Dahiya, DR Chaudhry, SP Singh and AAP state in-charge Ashwant Gupta were also present on the occasion.