On 5 March, a day after Mr. Kejriwal was detained by police in Gujarat, there was a 260 per cent jump in financial pledges to his party compared to the previous day, according to figures collected on the AAP website…
Every time Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, takes to the streets or clashes with the establishment, his party gets more money in the bank. Donations to the AAP typically pour in a day or two after Mr. Kejriwal protests, resigns or clashes with opponents. On 5 March, a day after Mr. Kejriwal was detained by police in Gujarat, there was a 260 per cent jump in financial pledges to his party compared to the previous day, according to figures collected on the AAP website. Even though this was a significant rise, it didn’t match up to the peak in contributions on 23 January, two days after Mr. Kejriwal staged his massive sit-in the heart of India’s capital to protest against the federally-run Delhi police force.
On that day, a total of 525 donors contributed more than six million rupees ($98,000), a rise of 1,997 per cent compared to the day before. Donations spiked after the following events:
- Mr. Kejriwal’s swearing in as Delhi’s Chief Minister.
- When, as Chief Minister, he announced a 50 per cent cut in power tariffs in India’s capital.
- The AAP, under his leadership, launched a national membership drive.
- When Mr. Kejriwal called off a roadside sit-in around India’s administrative district protesting against police inaction in Delhi.
- Mr. Kejriwal resigned as Delhi’s Chief Minister.
- AAP started campaigning for the national elections in the northern State of Haryana.
- When Mr. Kejriwal was detained and then released by the police in the BJP-dominated State of Gujarat for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. This set off a series of clashes between workers of the two parties in a number of Indian cities.