Modi's suit with his name stitched in pinstripes may go for auction

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 22:28 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monogrammed badhgala has once again caught the imagination of people. This time as a potential stuff for fundraising.

Sources in the government said that some ministerial colleagues of Modi had suggested the PM to give the suit which has his name stitched in pinstripes to an NGO to enable it to auction it and use the fund for Swachh Bharat mission.

An NGO based in Varanasi, Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, has been indentified as the possible beneficiary. The suit is expected to fetch at least a few lakh rupees.

The pin stripe suit caught the media attention after Modi wore it during the visit of US President Barack Obama. While stylists appreciated Modi’s choice of fashion, political opponents slammed the PM for wearing an expensive suit.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi even made it an election issue when he raked up the issue during his campaign in Delhi.

Modi had earlier donated his entire salary as the chief minister of Gujarat for girl education. He had also raised Rs 19 crore for the Gujarat government when he auctioned more than 18,000 gifts.

A section feels that if Modi gives away his suit for charity, it would also help the PM thwart political criticism of wearing expensive dress.

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