Surat, Feb 20: The auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monogrammed pinstriped Rs 10 lakh suit ended on Friday and this was purchased by a diamond merchant of Surat Lalji Bhai at the cost of Rs 4.31 crore. The amount will go to the Namami Gange trust also known as the Clean Ganga Fund.
The bid for the most expensive and controversial suit ended at Rs 4.31 crore by 5 pm today. Lalji Bhai is a Surat-based businessman, who became the face in media with the purchase of the suit, which had triggered controversy and politics for having the name of PM Modi into its fabric.
The bidding began today from Rs 1.48 crore. On Wednesday when the suit went on auction, the price was enhanced to Rs 1.25.
The suit 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.