The question remains that now they are charging 5000 for a meeting and 20,000 for dinner in Bangalore, what would they do next. The common man had quite a bit to say about this. In his Facebook update, Pravin Rukhiyar, asked a vital question, ''If BJP or Congress would have invite 'Aam Aadmi' for one time dinner worth Rs. 10000, what could be the reaction of Mr. Kejriwal?'' Ashim Sunam, who is mostly apolitical in his views feels strongly for the matter to raise his voice. Rejecting the process outright he said, “ AAP is just following NaMo's footsteps and is trying to outdo what NaMo is setting out for. Just by replicating Modi's thought, it would not garner votes.''
Alekhya Bolla also says, “ I am a 'Aam Aadmi' and I cannot afford 5000 for a cup of tea and to have a chat with someone who is not even taking the slightest bit of interest to campaign and reach out to people. I read he goes to Cyber Hub and to the interiors but what about people like us- who do not have 5000 for a chat? Are we not important.''
However, National Spokesperson,AAP, Nisha Singh were quite affronted when we raised the matter with her. She said, '' there are a lot of public meetings happening all the time, but they are not talked about and that is the challenge. As for this particular event, we are raising funds for the party and we are not forcing anyone to pay anything.'' Adding to the statement, she also said, '' People can give whatever they wish to and in the meeting we would explain to them the expense, estimates that would go into the campaigning. We believe in complete transparency and that is what we would be providing them.''
The Aam Aadmi do not feel this way. Remaining anonymous, a resident of Gurgaon said, '' fund-raising activities are supposed to have a very humble call. It is nothing new. Every politician, including the American President organize or attend fund-raising sessions for various cause. A few days ago we saw BJP setting up NaMo Tea stalls to collect funds. We have seen comparatively poorer parties like Trinamool Congress do fund raising by auctioning paintings and handicraft goods created by the party leaders. People do not buy a painting of Mamata Banerjee to hang it in their drawing room beside MF Hussain. They buy it to donate funds to the party and they submit to the call of the party leader they believe in. At the same time Why did Mamata Bannerjee take time to paint and then sell it for fund raising? She could have just asked for it anyway from the person who already has a intent to donate. It's all about humbleness.''
He continued ,''Calling people to chat with Yogendra Yadav and buy a ticket of INR 5000 for it, is a little arrogant. What will people chat about? What value add will take home by listening to the man? AAP really needs to have a re-look at their strategy. Placing Yogendra Yadav in a setup like Warren Buffet speaking about Investments, is sheer arrogance and stupidity.''
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