Bangalore: Fending off criticism about its ”Rs 20,000 per person” dinner with Arvind Kejriwal, AAP today claimed it was a transparent way of raising money unlike the mainstream parties where 75 per cent of funding came from ”unknown” sources.
“We are raising money for fighting election in an open and transparent way,” former Infosys Board Member and AAP candidate from Bangalore Central V Balakrishnan, who is said to be co-ordinating the event, told reporters here.
The AAP's fund raising dinner, in which people could participate after contributing Rs 20,000 per person, is scheduled for March 15 when Kejriwal will hold roadshow in and around the city, followed by a public rally the next day.
“We are asking people to come there, interact with Arvind, understand his ideas and if they can contribute minimum Rs 20,000, that will help us in fighting election in more honest way,” Balakrishnan said.
He alleged 75 per cent of funding for mainstream political parties come from unknown sources. ”Raising money from unknown sources is where the corruption starts, it is like promoting crony capitalism. We will put all the names on the web,” he said, adding AAP's approach would bring a big change.