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Manipur Polls: Kejriwal donates Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday donated Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA).

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Published on:19 Feb 2017, 9:03 AM IST]
Arvind Kejriwal donates Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party
Arvind Kejriwal donates Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party

Rights activist Irom Sharmila's party Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), which is contesting its first elections in Manipur this year, found support in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who donated Rs 50,000 to the party on Saturday. 

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also urged the people to donate generously and support her.

With severe shortage of funds and manpower, PRJA has taken to online crowdfunding to raise funds and campaigning on cycle to reach out to the masses. 

"I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her and appeal to everyone to support her," he tweeted while urging people to donate generously to her. 

PRJA is the first regional party in Manipur which has resorted to crowdfunding to finance the poll expenses in the state. 

According to PRJA sources, online crowdfunding with a slogan "Ten For a Change" is an idea in order to involve more people, bring in transparency in election funding and reach out to the masses. The PRJA so far has collected Rs 4.5 lakh through crowdfunding.

"The online crowdfunding is in line with the party's call for accountable governance. When we started the party there was a lot of need for funds. 

"Online funds are transparent and normally political parties face a backlash because they don't have transparency in their funds," PRJA's convener, Erendro Leichonbam told PTI. 

Sharmila had last year ended a 16-year fast in protest against alleged army atrocities in Manipur and had said that she would contest elections to continue her movement politically.

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