After the state budget presentation for 2022-23, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday gifted Apple iPhone 13s to all 200 legislators in the House. In keeping with a gift-giving culture, the Ashok Gehlot-led government handed over the new iPhone 13s to all the MLAs alongside a copy of the budget. Later, the state BJP announced that it would return the mobile phones given by the Congress government.
Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday presented the budget for the year 2022-23 by the Rajasthan BJP as disappointing. The opposition party said they did not present any concrete plans to get the state’s “shaky” economy back on track. According to Satish Poonia, state BJP chief, the party will return the iPhone gifted by the Congress, which is valued between Rs 75,000-1,000,000.
The BJP, which has 71 members in the 200-member House, said it would return the gifts rather than burden the state with the expense. He tweeted, “After discussion with Gulab Kataria, Rajendra Rathore, and other MLAs, it was decided that considering the financial burden on the state government, all BJP MLAs in Rajasthan will be given iPhones by the Congress government and will return it.”
Congress awards iPhones to 200 legislators
In a statement, the state BJP chief also attacked Chief Minister Gehlot for his budget presentation and said he was good at making announcements but had a difference between words and actions. Rajasthan’s 200 legislators receive iPhone 13s from Congress. A gift like this would have cost the state about Rs 1.5 crore. The majority of MLAs were happy with the Chief Minister’s gift, except for the BJP, which will now return them. There has been more than one time when Congress has gifted all MLAs with iPads along with copies of the budget in the past.