Even as preparations are on for Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s arrival in Shimla on 27 April, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) move to take donations door-to-door in cash for the party’s rally has sparked row.
The BJP leaders started the drive to collect funds for the rally on Sunday from every household, wherein they invited every resident in the city and sought donations from them, usually ranging from Rs 10 to 100.
The Congress party has, however, questioned it.
“The BJP is befooling people. The BJP has funds worth crores of Rupees in its kitty and had even bought land for BJP offices at district headquarters in the state. If the party does not have money for organising a rally then the party leaders should explain the source of money, which they used to buy the land,” said Congress leaders in a joint release here.
The state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti, on the other hand, said it was the tradition of party to seek participation of general public and collect funds for party’s programs. “Since BJP is social organisation working for the welfare of all sections of society, we have started door to door programme for interaction with general public and seek funds for the rally,” he said.
He said the BJP had collected funds for PM Modi’s earlier rallies in the state.
Satti said the party wanted to make the people feel a part of BJP’s movement for inclusive development of the country and it was heartening to see the response of residents of Shimla for their program.
“People are giving us good response. We will keep record of entire collection and use the money for rally purposes only,” he said.
Meanwhile, the BJP leaders have massively taken up cleanliness drive in entire Shimla in the up to Modi’s rally on the Ridge, with Satti also taking part in it on Monday.