Manipur elections: Short on cash, Irom Sharmila's party gets 50K from Kejriwal, month's salary from Bhagwant Mann

PRJA has fielded only three candidates. Sharmila herself is contesting the Thoubal seat against Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and the BJP's L Bashanta Singh. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 19, 2017, 07.02 AM (IST)


A day after Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal donated Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's new party, another legislator from his party, Bhagwant Mann, has said he will donate a month of his salary to the human rights activist.

 

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Bhagwant Mann is a prominent face of the AAP in Punjab and is taking on deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad.

The Press Trust of India reported Sunday that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has come to the (financial) aid of human rights activist Irom Sharmila's new party.

It reported that Mr Kejriwal has donated Rs 50,000 to Sharmila's People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) party, which will be fighting the elections in Manipur.

Mr Kejriwal also took to Twitter, appealing to people to "donate generously" to the fledgling party. And he posted a link to where future donations can be made. 

"I am donating Rs 50,000 as my small contribution to her and appeal to everyone to support her," Mr Kejriwal tweeted. His move went down well with the Twitterati. 

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The PRJA, the Press Trust of India said, was grappling with a severe shortage of both cash and manpower. To buttress the point, it said its members were having to campaign on bicycles.

To try and make up the shortall, the PRJA has resorted to crowdfunding. They have so far managed to raise Rs 4.5 lakh. 

The slogan they are using is "Ten For a Change".

"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 reporters.

(WION with inputs from PTI)