Ahmedabad: If funds donated are any indicator of popularity, then the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) fund-raising drive before Lok Sabha elections has received a poor response in Gujarat.
Compared to funds collected from other states, the Gujarat unit of the AAP ranked eighth and when average donations are taken into account it stands 12th.
"From December 12 to March 4, 1,740 people in Gujarat donated Rs. 18,71,876, which puts the state in the eighth rank in the donation list of all states and union territories," according to AAP data.
While he did not deny lesser donations from Gujarat, AAP's Gujarat treasurer said that people can support the party in various other ways.
"I accept that in fund collection, Gujarat lags behind other states, but people are coming to our office and extending their support. It can be in terms of money or time," AAP state treasurer Naman Doshi said.
"Delhi, where AAP came to the power for the first time, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are ahead of Gujarat," according to AAP data.
As per AAP data, Rs. 1.72 crore from Delhi, Rs. 1.57 crore from Uttar Pradesh, Rs. 1.44 crore from Maharashtra, Rs. 76.68 lakh from Karnataka, Rs. 35.79 lakh from Haryana, Rs. 33.59 lakh from Andhra Pradesh and Rs. 24.63 lakh from Tamil Nadu were donated to AAP accounts.
Gujarat is twelfth when it came to average donations, since the state has donated an average Rs. 1,076 per person since December last year, as per data uploaded on a daily basis on AAP's website.