PM Narendra Modi’s suit fetches Rs 4.31 crore at Surat auction

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Surat | Published: February 21, 2015 12:02:00 AM

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s famous bandhgala suit finally went under the hammer for Rs 4.31 crore on Friday...

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s famous bandhgala suit finally went under the hammer for Rs 4.31 crore on Friday here. Diamond baron Laljibhai Patel, chairman of Dharmanandan Diamonds,  outbid fellow businessmen, textile magnates, NRIs, nuwrsery school teachers and even school students to walk off with the suit.

There was intense bidding to claim Modi’s pinstripe monogrammed suit, with bids increasing on the third and final day on Friday after Patel and his son Hitesh Patel made the final bid in the dying moments of the auction.

Another bid of Rs 5 crore was rejected after the deadline for the auction ended late in the evening.

On what to do with the suit, 60-year old Patel, said, “I will keep the suit in my factory. It will remind me about my contribution to the Clean Ganga project. I always wanted to do something for the country. I never thought that this incredible suit will come to me,” he said.

Patel’s son Hitesh said his family has a  ‘special relation’ with the Ganga which made them shell out the money.

“Every year we spend about 10-15 days on the banks of Ganga, especially at Rishikesh. We have a special, spiritual relation with the river,” Hitesh said on a motive for the bidding.

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