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Modi-for-PM fund drive launched

BJP president Rajnath Singh claimed that the initiative is for the nation’s development and to seek support for the party considering the upcoming Lok Sabha election. ‘We have inducted several former IITians into the party to give a boost to our campaign and we think that these technocrats could play an important role in our country’s development,’ he said during the launch ceremony on Tuesday.

Under the Modi-for-PM fund anyone can donate from Rs 10 to Rs 1,000 to the party through cash or credit and debit cards. The BJP president himself has donated Rs 1,000 and claimed that their target is to reach 10 crore families for donation.

Those who will contribute will be given a receipt and they will be informed through SMS about their deposit. In case of online payments through, the donors will be intimated through e-mail and SMS about their payments.

Arvind Gupta, convener of the BJP’s IT cell said, ‘We have also launched handheld mobile donation application for those seeking to make donations using credit cards.’

An IIT-Roorkee alumnus, Subodh Sharma, has been appointed as a convener of the newly formed Technocrat Cell. Former defence officials, including Air Vice Marshal RK Mohan, Air Commodore A Mohanty, and former IPS official RD Gupta also joined the party on Tuesday.

When asked whether they have taken the idea of fund collection from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said, ‘We are not inspired by anyone over fund collection.’

Piyush Goyal, MP and national treasurer explained that the BJP was the first political party in India to accept political donations online starting from July 2010. Party sources said, till now the BJP has collected big funds through cheques.

May the best man be PM, says Salman on Modi

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Tuesday joined Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for the Kite Flying Festival in Ahmedabad.

Asked whether he supports Modi to be the prime minister, Khan said, ‘May the best man win. It is in god’s hands.’ ‘People of each constituency have to decide who the best candidate for them is,’ he said. ‘I have come to Gujarat after many years, and I see a lot of development has happened. But, I am not from Gujarat. It is for the people of Gujarat to decide about him,’ he said. ‘I have met Modiji for the first time. I liked meeting him. I wish him all the best in life,’ Khan said.  Modi also shared a lunch with Khan. ‘Having Undhiyu for lunch with Salman Khan. Undhiyu is a Gujarati delicacy and is a must-have during Uttarayan!,’ Modi tweeted.
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