Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that his party Aam Aadmi Party had run out of money and appealed people to donate.
He told a news agency, ” The public funded us, we never took any money under the table. We gave a record of every rupee we got. After we came to power, our funds exhausted. Now we want funds to run our party and we want it from the public.”
Kejriwal, who’s also the party’s convener, recently faced scathing attack from his opposition for his government’s decision to allocate Rs 520 crore budget for self-publicity.
He said that his party has always believed in following lawful means to seek funds.
“We are indebted to the people for their help. But now we need funds for day to day expenses. You would say I’m a bizarre CM, asking for funds like this. We can get money the wrong way, but that is not who we are.”
AAP, since its inception a couple of years ago, has largely depended on public fund-raising and donations for running the party and contesting elections. The party was reported to have collected close to Rs 30 crore during the Delhi assembly elections earlier this year.