Aam Aadmi Party says it will no longer publish a list of its donors on website
The Aam Aadmi Party has said that it will no longer publish the list of people who donate to the party anymore to ensure their privacy and safety of the party’s supporters. AAP’s Delhi convener Gopal Rai claimed there have been several complaints of donors, both from India and foreign countries, being harassed by members of Opposition parties, especially right before elections. Several donors have alleged that they have been told not to contribute to the Aam Aadmi Party, Rai said.
In 2016 too, the party temporarily removed the donor list, citing safety concerns. The list was uploaded again after they were criticised for not maintaining transparency during election campaigns. The announcement came days after the Election Commission issued a showcase notice to the party asking it to explain alleged discrepancies in the donations it received in the 2014-’15 financial year. The commission said that hawala transactions had been “wrongly disclosed as voluntary donations”.
In a notice to the AAP on November 27, 2017, the Income Tax Department said the party had not disclosed income worth Rs 13 crore and had also not recorded the details of 462 donors. These donors reportedly gave Rs 6.26 crore.