BJP to raise Rs 100 crore from Kerala prior to Lok Sabha election

Kollam: Bharatiya Janata Party has resolved to raise funds of Rs 100 crore from Kerala prior to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The special fundraising will be carried out from booth level to state level between November 15 and 30, to get rid of the accusation that the Kerala faction only relies on the central funds to meet the expenses of elections.

The party has set the target amount which has to be raised in each level. Rs 25,000 has to be collected at booth level. The reorganised area committees have to gather Rs 1 lakh, while the panchayat units, which was not reorganised yet, will have to collect Rs 2 lakh. Municipal and corporation area committees were directed to collect Rs 3 lakh and the mandalam committees have to raise Rs 7 lakh. The booth units can collect only a maximum of Rs 1000 from a person. The area committees and mandalam committees are allowed to collect upto Rs 5000 and Rs 25,000 from a person, respectively.

The booth committees can utilise 40 per cent of the funds raised for their own activities. 10 per cent each has to be entrusted to the panchayat and mandalam committees. The state faction will receive the remaining 30 per cent. The panchayat committees have to set aside 10 percent of the funds for the mandalam committee and district committee each and a 30 per cent to the state faction. The mandalam committees and the higher units can utilise 60 per cent of the funds themselves.

The entire amount raised would be deposited in a special account. The controversies sparked over the funds received from the central committees of BJP during the assembly election have urged the party to raise funds from the state.

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