BJP leaders criticize Narendra Modi fund-raising drive

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  1. Yusuf

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    AHMEDABAD: Slowdown is not just affecting targets of industrial houses. It has cast a shadow on political parties too. Chief minister Narendra Modi's ambitious scheme to raise Rs 500 crore for the forthcoming elections, Dhan Sangrah, has met with stiff resistance from all quarters - so far only Rs 150 crore have come to the party's kitty.

    On Wednesday, most office-bearers of state BJP expressed their concerns over raising money from businessmen and common citizens in such an economic climate. Modi had launched the scheme on February 11.

    "The target seems inflated and unreasonable. Secondly, all those who donate generously run a risk of being hounded by IT sleuths," said a BJP leader who did not want to be identified. "A minister's salary is Rs 45,000 per month and he is expected to contribute Rs 11 lakh. How will he justify the donation to IT department," he said.

    Modi and state BJP chief R C Faldu had given targets to all ministers, BJP MLAs, chairmen of boards and corporations, mayors, municipal councilors and members of saffron party-ruled taluka and district panchayats. As per the plan, they were directed to collect cheques from their respective areas. In some cases, workers were given coupons in the denomination of Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 each.

    "In some cases, there are complaints about money not reaching the party," said a BJP leader. "The chief minister had set a deadline of April 6, which is also the foundation day of BJP. Considering the lukewarm response, the deadline was extended by a fortnight. But, now the top leadership has realized that there is no point pressurizing workers anymore," he said.

    Party workers say certain arm-twisting tactics to raise funds have started to boomerang. "To give just one example, some local leaders forced ceramic unit owners in Morbi to donate. Many of them resisted. Incidentally, commercial tax department raided many units soon after. This gave an impression that the government was extorting money from businessmen," says Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia, who terms the fund-raising drive as loot.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/12973178.cms
     
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    I think this is a great idea from Narendra Modi. Instead of filling party coffers through kickbacks and bribes, let political parties take legal donations like in USA. Congress is rattled by this as usual.
     
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    Extortion != donation. The target has been set and over zealous people then resort to high handed tactics. Did you read about the ceramic guys in Morbi facing commercial tax music after they refused to "donate"?
     
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    I agree with Yusuf. Narendra Modi may have introduce a new way to fund elections with good intentions. But the lower level politicians can use it to extort money from the common man.
     
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And who's saying this ?? Arjun Modhwadia.Do you really believe that guy ?? He has just a big fart mouth.He hypes everything and gujju newspapers print his shit almost everyday.Elections are near, they have to oppose Modi.Maal jo mila hai congress se.And I know this article is of TOI's but I was introducing that fart [email protected] see no leader's name in article.Than how can TOI say that "BJP" leaders criticized the program ?? It's just another so called "our sources inside" story, and those sources actually don't exist except in editor's mind.
     
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    So the hyper buzz fizzles out.
     

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