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The Con­gress pres­i­dent’s Rs 70,000 Burberry jacket may have been the talk of town, but the party it­self is in a dire funds crunch. Rahul Gandhi ad­mit­ted as much at a re­cent in­ter­ac­tion, say­ing the party’s fi­nan­cial strength was ‘way be­low’ the BJP’s, and that his NRI out­reach pro­grammes in the UAE were es­sen­tially fund-rais­ers. Last Au­gust, a Delhi-based think­tank said the Con­gress re­ceived Rs 198 crore from cor­po­rate donors as op­posed to Rs 706 crore for the BJP in the three years from 2012. Rahul is op­ti­mistic their war cry of Sachche Din will pre­vail. “In Gu­jarat,” he said, “we spent less than a tenth of the BJP, yet we got a great re­sponse.”

Il­lus­tra­tion by SIDDHANT JUMDE

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