New Delhi: Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan on Monday donated Rs 1 crore to the newly-launched 'Aam Aadmi Party' and said people from all walks of society will sit in Parliament after the 2014 elections. Watch: Shanti Bhushan donates Rs 1 crore to Aam Aadmi Party
Bhushan, whose son Prashant is a member of the AAP's National Executive, donated Rs 1 crore for Arvind Kejriwal's party at the celebrations to mark its launch.
Besides, over Rs 1.6 lakh was collected from people who had gathered to witness the ceremony.
His party has received Rs.1, 02, 34,000 in the form of donations immediately after 6 hours of the official party launch in the national capital.
The party has made the donation amount public on twitter after a leading daily had targeted his campaign against politicians and big business houses for being "bankrolled by corporate bigwigs" earlier this month.
The funds have also been contributed by around 2 lakh people.
Kejriwal, however, seemed to be a little disappointed as he felt that his party launch didn’t get the adequate media attention today.
“Huge crowds. Amazing energies. Historic launch. But complete media blackout? Why? Pl RT,” Kejriwal tweeted in the evening.
"This party is result of our struggle against corruption," said Kejriwal, who had announced the name of his party on Saturday.
His colleague Manish Sisodia declared the name of the party to the gathering in central Delhi's Jantar Mantar and said: "It is our party."
Sisodia also announced the names of the other 23 members of the national executive body. These include Sisodia himself as well as Prashant Bhushan, Dinesh Waghela, Sanjay Singh, Gopa Rai and Kumar Vishwas.
"Kejriwal takes the position as the national convenor. Pankaj Gupta would be the national secretary, Krishna Kanth would be national treasurer of AAP," Waghela said.
The party's official website is www.aamaadmiparty.org, and accounts have been activated on social networking sites like Facebook (aamaadmiparty) and Twitter (@aamaadmiparty) to share information about the party and its functions.
Kejriwal's chose to launch his party on November 26 as the Constitution of India was adopted on this day in 1949.
Kejriwal had said on Sunday that he would "go to every village and town in the country for the next one year to convince people against the vote-bank politics of the Congress and the BJP". Both parties, he claimed, "used people only for votes".