Yogi Adityanath donates Rs 2.5 lakh from his salary account to party
A day after the Election Commission (EC) announced dates for the Lok Sabha polls, chief minister Yogi Adityanath donated ₹2.51 lakh from his salary account to the party’s ‘samarpan kosh’ to indicate the party’s desire to reduce the dependence on what a BJP leader described as “money bags.”
Adityanath also urged the party ministers, lawmakers, mayors and others to follow suit.
Taking cue, the ministers too indicated their desire to do the needful.
“All of us will follow this initiative for a noble cause,” a senior BJP leader said. In February, Yogi and other BJP leaders and ministers had made contributions to the party fund though back then the party had said anyone could contribute between ₹5 to ₹1000 to the party fund.
Adityanath and other top ministers and leaders in the state had contributed ₹1000 for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also exhorted the cadre to make contributions through NaMo app.
“This is the CM’s gesture against black money and to reduce dependence on money bags,” said Mrityunjay Kumar, advisor to the chief minister.
UP BJP leader Harish Srivastava said, “The BJP has taken several steps to reduce the influence of black money during elections and even otherwise by limiting cash donations to political parties by outsiders. In this case the party has again shown its resolve to cleanse politics of various ills plaguing the political system.”
In February BJP chief Amit Shah had said, “We need to stay away from the businessmen if we want to keep our party clean…there are seven states that run their offices with the interest earned on deposits generated through donations. Our aim should be to get workers to donate at least ₹1000 through NaMo App,” he had said.
Caption: Yogi Adityanath handing over cheque of Rs 2.51 lakh to UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey in Lucknow on Monday. Adityanath’s donation was part of the party plan to get party leaders and government to make donations. The campaign to make donations to party fund would continue till March 17.Union minister JP Nadda, the UP in-charge and co incharge Gordhan Zadaphia and UP BJP general secretary organization Sunil Bansal were also present