Remember NaMo’s less than flattering bandhgala? The same one he wore when he hosted POTUS Barack Obama on Republic Day? Yes, the one where the pinstripes were actually Modiji’s name. On repeat.
It’s up for auction at Surat’s Science Museum and the bidding war is seriously heating up. According to Zee News , the latest bid for the controversial suit has been made by Surat resident, Mukesh Patel.
And he’s willing to cough up a whopping Rs. 1.39 crore for the controversial suit!
#ModiSuit auction: Mukesh Patel from Surat, man who made a bid of Rs 1.39 Crore pic.twitter.com/ghBc1B05y9— ANI (@ANI_news) February 19, 2015
Previously, Rakesh Juneja emerged as the highest bidder on Wednesday, after he submitted a written bid of Rs. 1.21 crore.
“The suit is priceless and one can’t fix a value for it. I will be the luckiest person in the world if I get the suit. I have made an offer as per my financial capacity and can add another Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh if anyone bids higher,” the Surat-based textile trader said.
We’re expecting that the value of this suit will skyrocket further, as the auction continues for another 48 hours. Juneja bested Gujarati businessman Viral Choksi who offered to pay Rs. 1.11 crore for the pinstriped suit. But he’s not giving up yet.
“It is an exclusive suit and every fan of Modi will love to have it. This is the reason why I have offered this amount. I will place another offer, if somebody places a bid higher than me,” Choksi told DNA.
The suit is part of 455 gifts that Modi has received during his nine-month tenure as PM.
If you want to go all out and dress like Modi does, two t-shirts, including one gifted to him by Cricket Australia, are also up for sale. The proceeds from the auction will go towards the ambitious ‘Clean Ganga Mission’.
If you were wondering, the suit found its way to Modi when it was gifted to him by Rameshkumar Bhikabhai who is a businessman from Gujarat.
As part of the invitation to Bhikabhai’s son’s wedding, rumours began circulating that the suit was worth Rs. 10 lakhs. However, Bhikabhai was quick to refute that.
“People can say anything. I can confirm that what is being said about its cost is not the correct amount. My son does not have the guts to spend that kind of money or that amount,” he said in an interview with ANI.