Surat, Feb 19: The auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Rs 10 lakh gifted suit began for the second day on Thursday with the bidding price Rs 1.1 crore. It rose to Rs 1,25 crore by the Global Friends Group for the suit in Surat today.
The bidding that began yesterday will be closed on Friday (Feb 20) at 5 pm.
Yesterday, NRI Viral Choski bid Rs 1.1 crore for the suit. Surat District Magistrate Rajendra Kumar said there are 455 items those were gifted to PM Modi after he assumed the office will be on display for the auction.
The auction will continue for three days and the amount will go to the Namami Gange trust also known as the Clean Ganga Fund.
The suit, which was in the controversy for having Narendra Modi's name into it, was gifted by a businessman to PM Modi for the occasion of his daughter's wedding. He had requested him to wear it on that wedding day.
However, Modi wore the Rs 10 lakh suit during US President Barack Obama's visit on January 25. The suit had triggered a big debate with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi raised questions on such expensive suit. The cost of the suit became an issue during the Delhi Assembly polls too.
Later, it was revealed that the suit was a gifted one and this will be for auction for the Ganga Project.
Earlier in an interview during Lok Sabha election campaigns, Modi had said that he used to auction all the expensive gifts he received as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The amount was given to charity or went to CM Relief fund.
This is a noble work for which he also faces criticism from his rivals and opposition leaders. Those who could not criticise on media, they took to twitter.
Congress raised questions making the Rs 10 lakh suit an issue. Congress leader Ajay Maken asked, "How can such an expensive gift be called a private gift?? PM should explain why than man gifted such an expensive suit."
Commenting on the suit, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "If you have so much money why not just quietly donate it to charity without buying a suit you know u cannot wear????"