AAP raises Rs 40 lakh via online video chat sessions

  • Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014 15:47 IST

In a weekly fund raising campaign using online video chat platform Google Hangout, the Aam Aadmi Party has collected Rs 40 lakh from its supporters across the globe in the past one month.

On April 13, the fifth such event, the interaction was moderated by Bollywood actress and the party’s Chandigarh candidate Gul Panag. Participants from more than a dozen cities, including NRIs, contributed Rs 10 lakh on a single day itself. The AAP sources said the party has so far collected about Rs 40 lakh from these Sunday events.

And this amount is in addition to the online and offline donations. The party spent Rs 56 lakh during the Gurgaon Lok Sabha elections, higher than the individual expenses of both the Congress and BJP.

Since March 16, AAP has been using Google Hangout for generating funds from NRIs and high net-worth individuals (HNIs), especially those living in the US, the UK, Middle East and southeast Asia.

Arvind Jha, a senior AAP member who has been active in fund raising initiatives, said that the next Google Hangount on April 20 is going to be moderated by information technology professionals or corporate leaders.

“During the last Hangout by Gul Panag, we collected about Rs 10 lakh as contributions from NRIs from US, UK and Singapore. On April 6 when our Lucknow candidate and actor Javed Zafri coordinated the event, we collected about Rs 8 lakh,” Jha added.

Earlier during an hour-long chat show which was moderated by an AAP volunteer based in California, more than 400 NRIs took part in a discussion with panelists like Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto; Amit Aggarwal, senior finance executive based in Hong Kong, and Atishi Marlena, the party spokesperson.

The NRI supporters contributed Rs 22 lakh to the party fund in the first two sessions held on March 16 and 23, the AAP member said.

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