In a big embarrassment to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, the BJP legislators have decided to return the iPhones gifted to them by the state government, saying this is “keeping in view the financial burden” it entailed on the state exchequer.
The Ashok Gehlot government had on Wednesday gifted the latest iPhone to all the 200 MLAs after presenting the state budget. However, BJP legislators said that they will return it to the government.
Last year, all the 200 MLAs were gifted iPads, just after the tabling of the budget by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
On Wednesday, after the chief minister presented the budget and the house was adjourned for the day, all the MLAs were given a briefcase with an iPhone 13 at the time of exit. Each phone costs above Rs 70,000.
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