Arvind Kejriwal to hold fund raising dinner

Written by PTI | Bangalore | Updated: Mar 9 2014, 16:52pm hrs
As it seeks to gain a toehold in Karnataka, Aam Aadmi Party is scheduled to hold fund raising dinner during party chief Arvind Kejriwal's two-day visit to the city towards weekend.

The event is being co-ordinated by former Infosys Board Member and party's prospective candidate from Bangalore Central, V Balakrishnan, who quit the company before his political debut through AAP.

Aiming big, AAP has announced its decision to contest all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the battle is clearly between the ruling Congress and BJP, which also face a tough fight from JDS in its strongholds in the Gowda belt.

"What I can confirm is- a dinner has been scheduled for March 15 in the city with an intention to raise fund for the party, Balakrishnan is kind of coordinating this event," AAP Karnataka Media Coordinator Rohit Ranjan told PTI here.

He said "invitees from all walks of life like corporates, people from film field... are expected to attend the dinner and donate to the cause for which our party stands."

Asked about reports that fund-raiser dinner is at Rs 20,000 per person, Ranjan said, "modalities of this event are being worked out and it will be premature to comment about it; we are working on the modalities still."

Kejriwal who will be here from March 15 is scheduled to hold roadshow in and around Bangalore on day one, followed by public rally on March 16.

Karnataka is among the top four states in terms of offering donation to AAP.

According to AAP data, Rs 76.68 lakh was donated from Karnataka, making it the fourth highest after Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.