Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram has promised to bring an iPad for the Union Budget if the party comes back to power. Chidambaram was addressing a press conference where he took a dig at the traditional ‘Bahikhata’ that the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had brought along for the presenting the budget, instead of a briefcase that earlier Finance Minister had carried.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman keeping budget documents in four fold red cloth instead of a briefcase: Take it from me, our Congress’ finance minister will in future bring an iPad. #UnionBudget2019 pic.twitter.com/SpmEikVAhY
— ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2019
The preference conference of the Congress party was held in response to the Union Budget that was presented today.
The iPad first began its production in 2010. The UPA-2 government had four full years to bring an iPad for presenting the budget. It never did. Perhaps, they were waiting for the Akash tablet that never saw full production.
This morning, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam surprised all by appearing without the usual leather briefcase for the budget session. Instead what she had in her hands was a traditional ‘Bahikhata’, wrapped in red cloth and tied with a gold string. The Indian national emblem shone brightly on it. The idea was to represent the country’s departure from the slavery of western thought.
Prime Minister Modi has hailed 2019 budget as a balanced one. He said, “This budget will lead the country towards prosperity and make every citizen competent. This budget will provide strength to the poor and a better future to the youths of the country”.
Meanwhile, Indrani Mukherjee’s plea to turn approver in the INX Media corruption case involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram was accepted by a Delhi CBI court yesterday. Last year, Indrani Mukerjea had made a sensational revelation accusing Chidambaram of trying to use his influence to get Indrani to pay a bribe to Karti to the tune of 1 million dollars.