The government is investigating the source of foreign funding to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday.
“We have got complaints about foreign funding to AAP and are probing the matter... Investigations take time and we are looking for the source behind the funding,” said Shinde.
AAP's chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal, however, said the “funds of Congress and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) should also be probed”.
“There's no point in making allegations against us. I challenge both the Congress and the BJP to prove us guilty. We receive all our funds in a transparent manner,” AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said.
The debutant AAP appears to have dimmed the prospects of both the Congress, which has been ruling Delhi for the past 15 years, and the opposition BJP which hopes to gain from a strong anti-incumbency factor.
The AAP earlier said it had collected around Rs 19 crore till November 8 as donations from 63,000 people including a host of NRIs.
The party claimed to have received donations ranging from Rs 10 to several lakhs, from rickshaw-pullers to traders and industrialists to fight the polls and bring a “graft-free” administration.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday questioned the source of funding of Kejriwal's party —whose main election plank is to check corruption.
"Where do you (AAP) get all the money from? You can call me a liar or I can call you a thief. But is there any proof to say that I am a liar? Just by pointing fingers you cannot make somebody corrupt. Everybody is living in glass houses,” Dikshit had said.
The AAP chief recently shifted base from his single-room accommodation in a slum development cluster in east Delhi’s Sundar Nagari to 41 Hanuman Road, a swanky ground-plus-one prime property near Connaught Place in the heart of New Delhi — the CM’s constituency — for a monthly rent of just Rs 1.
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