One after another and brands after brands. Some councilors in Chandigarh bought all other newly released electronics be it cell phones or laptops even after being re-elected as they did not want to miss out on getting fancy free gifts.
While the common man may find it difficult to buy a high-end smartphone or laptop as soon as it is released, Apple, DELL and HP products rained down on some elected representatives in Chandigarh who squandered public money to indulge their love of electronics. and they assigned luxurious gifts.
According to the luxury gift allowance, while the amount can be “unlimited” for the mayor for each term, which is one year, a councilor can buy a mobile phone with a maximum limit of Rs 40,000 and a laptop for 75,000 rupees once every five years. .
Documents seen by The Indian Express reveal that from 2016 to date, councilors went shopping, some even just days after being elected and taking office as councillor. Those re-elected in 2021 also did not miss the opportunity and continued to buy the latest devices despite knowing that public money had also been heavily spent on purchases in the previous period.
Just a month after being elected in December 2016, Councilor Devinder Singh Babla bought a Samsung Galaxy A9 in January 2017. Then, in February 2018, he bought a new HP Pavillion laptop. While missing 2019, Babla bought another phone which was also the latest Samsung S10 in February 2020.
His wife, Harpreet Babla, who switched ships and moved to the BJP from Congress, bought an Apple Mac Book Air and an Oppo Reno phone in March 2022.
In another example, Councilor Kanwarjeet Rana bought a Samsung Galaxy S7 and an HP laptop in 2017. Once re-elected in 2022, Rana wasted no time buying the latest Iphone and soon after also bought a MAC Book air. the documents revealed.
Maheshinder Singh Sidhu, a lounge councilor, bought the iPhone 7 in 2017 after being elected in December 2016. Sidhu also bought the latest DELL Intel core I 7 laptop in the same year.
Even after being re-elected, Sidhu’s shopping spree did not end. In 2022, he bought the latest Samsung S20 and also an HP laptop in the same year.
Similarly, in 2017, Dalip Sharma bought the iPhone 6S at public expense and also the MAC Book Air just days after being cast.
After being re-elected, Dalip upgraded his laptop with a new one and bought a DELL core 5 in 2022.
SAD Councilor Hardeep Singh was no less and has frequently been buying phones and laptops of different brands term after term.
According to the documents, in 2017, Hardeep bought the iPhone 6 and also a MAC Book Air. In 2022, Hardeep bought an ASUS laptop and an iPhone 12 mini.
Gurbax Rawat’s love for Iphone is also endless. While in 2017 she bought the latest iPhone 7 and an HP laptop, she bought an iPhone 11 and an HP Lite book worth Rs 74,340 in 2022 after being re-elected.
Rs 50 lakh for laptops
According to the documents, more than Rs 50 lakh has already been spent on laptops since 2016. While the batch of newly elected councilors mostly bought high-end laptops worth Rs 27.01 lakh, the councilors between 2016 and 2021 they bought only laptops worth Rs 23 lakh. However, almost none of the councilors ever used a single one in the general house.
His love for Apple
The documents show that from 2016 to date, out of 33 councilors who took mobile phones from taxpayer funds, 21 of them bought the latest Apple phones released in India. From BJP’s Ravi Kant Sharma to Sunita Dhawan and Satish Kumar, they all flaunted the latest Apple phones. While then Independent Councilor Dalip Sharma, Councilors Sachin Kumar, Haji Mohd Khurshid Ali, Kamla Sharma bought an iPhone 6S, SAD Councilor Hardeep Singh, BJP Chanderwati Shukla, Ravi Kant Sharma, Heera Negi had an iPhone 6. Gurbax Rawat and Sheela Devi of Congress, of BJP Arun Sood, Mahesh Inder Sidhu, Rajesh Kalia, Rajesh Gupta, Davesh Moudgil, Jagtar Singh, Vinod Aggarwal, Sat Prakash Aggarwal bought Apple iPhone 7 in the first half of 2017.
In the latest batch of elected representatives, AAP councilors Nirmala Devi, Damanpreet and councilor nominee Umesh Ghai bought the iPhone 13 in 2022, just months after the phone’s launch in India. Of the 39 people who bought mobile phones from 2022 to date, more than 22 bought Apple and the rest bought Samsung or Oneplus.