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Narendra Modi suit auction: Rs 1.41 crore bid for PM's 'name-striped' suit

Surat, PTI | Updated : 19 February 2015, 01:50 PM

Kamal Kant Sharma, a man from Surat, has made a bid of Rs 1.41 crore for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 'name-striped' suit on the second day of the auction.

Mukesh Patel, a man from Surat, earlier made a bid of Rs 1.39 crore. 

Earlier on Thursday, a group of friends, 'Global Friends Group' made a bid of Rs 1.25 crore in Surat.

“We are a group of friends who have decided to contribute Rs 50000 each,” Rajesh Maheshwari from Global Friends Group said.

A Surat-based textile businessmen bid a whopping Rs 1.21 crore in an auction on Wednesday for Modi’s controversial pinstripe monogrammed bandhgala suit that he wore during US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last month.

Rajesh Juneja gave a written bid offering Rs 1.21 crore for Modi’s navy blue suit which was the star attraction at the three-day auction which opened on Wednesday.

Earlier, NRI businessmen Viral Chowksi offered Rs 1.11 crore, while before him textile trader Suresh Aggarwal made an offer of Rs one crore for the two-piece suit.

The first bid was made for Rs 11 lakh by a Surat-based chartered accountant Pankaj, while few minutes later, second bid of Rs 51 lakh was made by Raju Agarwal, an estate dealer.

The suit that created waves and kicked up a political storm was put for auction along with 455 items that Modi had received as gifts during his nearly nine-month long tenure to generate funds for the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Clean Ganga Mission’.

The event was organised at SMC’s Science Convention Centre at city-lights road in Surat as the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) had decided to hold the auction in the city.

Modi during his chief ministerial tenure in Gujarat had initiated a trend to auction the gifts that he received in a year and it was donated to Kanya Kelavani Yojna for girl child education, he said.

Modi was photographed wearing the suit during his summit talks with Obama in Hyderabad House in Delhi on January 25 and at a joint media appearance that followed the meeting.
First Published: Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:34 AM
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