BJP's Annamalai says 'I wear Rafale watch of 3.5 lakh because...' amid row

Dec 18, 2022 10:49 PM IST

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai said he is ready to not only produce the receipt of his special edition Rafale watch but also his bank statement and income tax details after Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji questioned how Annamalai bought the watch.

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai's wristwatch has triggered a new controversy after minister Senthil Balaji claimed on Twitter that the watch that Annamalai wears costs 5 lakh. "A man who claims to have only four goats wears this watch! Can he share the receipt of the watch?" Senthil Balaji tweeted. The minister also questioned Annamalai's nationalism as he claimed that the watch is made by a French company.

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai showed his Rafale watch at a press conference on Saturday amid row over it.
Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai showed his Rafale watch at a press conference on Saturday amid row over it.

Annamalai said he will continue wearing the watch as long as he lives because he is a nationalist. The watch costs 3.5 lakh, he said adding that it was from Rafale special edition. It was made when India ordered Rafale aircraft and it has parts of Rafale aircraft, Annamalai said, "I did not get an opportunity to fly the Rafale aircraft so as a nationalist I am wearing the watch."

Annamalai said he bought the watch in 2021 before he became the BJP state president and he is ready to produce the receipt of the purchase along with his income tax statements, bank account details and all his income, the number of goats and cows he owns. "If anybody can find 1 paisa of property more than what I have declared anywhere in the world, then all of my property will be given to the government," Annamalai said.

Senthil Balaji countered Annamalai's statement and said asked whether there is a bill for the " 5 lakh watch" which he "cleverly" claims to have bought in 2021 so that he can avoid the question as to why he did not show it in the nomination form or he will have to prepare the bill later.

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