Sachin Pilot Launches Crowd-funding Campaign for Rajasthan Polls

The Congress has called it an effort to usher in a “clean and transparent funding” process.

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Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot. 

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot has reached out to citizens to fund the party’s campaign in the upcoming Assembly polls. Pilot has employed the party’s in-house crowd funding platform to usher in, what the Congress calls, a ‘clean and transparent funding’ process.

“The election is for the public and by the public but their involvement has been going down slowly. Only casting your vote is not participating in democracy fully. Making politicians accountable during and post the elections, ensuring your participation and contributing to the elections, be it financially or politically or in principle, there should be a public stakeholdership and involvement.”
Sachin Pilot

Not the First Time

This is, of course, not the first time that politicians in India have resorted to crowd-funding to finance their campaigns. In 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party had started a crowd-funding campaign called “Donate To AAP” which managed to collect over 10 lakh rupees in its first week.

The same was seen in Gujarat, where Jignesh Mevani, an independent candidate, used the crowd-sourcing platform called Crowdnewsing to raise money for his campaign from the Vadgam constituency. Mevani won the seat by a margin of over 20,000 votes.

In fact, the Congress party itself in the recently concluded Karnataka elections crowd-funded its campaign for a candidate from Molakalmuru candidate to take down the Reddy brothers’ close confidante Sriramulu.

Back then, the party had said that it would use the same technique in future campaigns as well. Looks like poll-bound Rajasthan is its new guinea pig.

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