Surat: Finally Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got out of the ‘expensive’ suit controversy by auctioning it off for a whopping sum of Rs 4.31 crore. Surat-based Diamond merchant Lalji Bhai got the possession of Modi’s suit by paying the hefty amount.
Modi’s suit was auctioned amidst the controversy that from where such an expensive suit had come? Being portrayed as ‘Mr Clean’ and having nurtured his political career from a humble background PM Modi was not supposed to wear such an expensive suit and that too for one occasion! Already allegations are up in the air that Modi was giving priority to the interests of business community than the poor masses.
On Thursday, Surat-based Mukesh Patel enhanced his bid to Rs 1.48 crore from Rs 1.39 crore he had offered earlier. Meanwhile, Bhavnagar-based Ship-breaker Komalkant Sharma, CMD of Leela Group of Companies made a bid of Rs 1.41 crore.
On the first day of auction, textile trader Rajesh Juneja and Global Modi Fan Club’s Rajesh Maheshwari had made a bid of Rs 1.21 and Rs 1.25 crore respectively.
There were four other bids of less than Rs 1.21 crore for the suit which Modi had worn during his meeting with the US President Barack Obama.
As the monogrammed bandhgala, which according to some reports is worth Rs 10 lakh, hogged all the limelight at the auction, initially there were few takers for the humble Cricket Australia T-shirt gifted to Modi by bowling great Brett Lee which attracted bids ranging between Rs 1500 and Rs 2000. but finally the in-fame suit goes to Lalji Bhai with Rs- 4.31 cr.