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Costly NRI membership for Congress at 68/3!

The Congress in Uttar Pradesh has done something unbelievably stupid.

It has opened online membership to NRIs with a fee of Rs 3. Someone surely must believe that NRIs wanting to join the Congress have to be really poor. Worse, rather than getting those three rupees, the party is actually losing Rs 65 per member. Paypal is charging Rs 68 for collecting the paltry membership fee!

Thankfully, only 347 applications have been receive online so far. For a party used to receiving money, this has come as shock. So, it is exploring options with private banks. One bank has quoted Rs 5 per transaction if it gets Rs 25,000 as a one-time payment and Rs 10,000 as annual maintenance fees.

The Congress must offer free membership. New Congressmen need to learn early on that in Indian politics, everything comes free!


Ugich Konitari said...

Maybe it sends a message that for every 3 invested, you get to acquire 68, unaccounted. BIG attraction for politicians. And in keeping with the ethos of sudden increase in assets when you claim that you serve the people...

Happy Kitten said...

nd even it is free, why should NRI's join any party?

as for congress, maybe we shall get to see Rahul face to face :)

Vinod_Sharma said...

Ugich Konitari, good one! Well said!

Happy Kitten, yes that face is the big attraction. And he is still eligible!

BK Chowla said...

Nothing can be appropriate than what Ugichi Konitari has stated.

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