Dharmanand Diamond Company's Laljibhai Patel stood proudly beside his recent acquisition yesterday — a suit worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, a pinstriped bandhgala, which he bought for Rs 4.31 crore in an auction in Surat.
About 455 items received as gifts including a T-shirt from Australian cricketer Bret Lee went under the hammer.
The navy blue suit with Modi's name in full -- Narendra Damodardas Modi -- embroidered on the fabric to look like golden stripes which he had worn for Summit talks with US President Barack Obama in New Delhi on January 25 went to Patel and his son after an intense bidding on the closing day of the three-day auction.
The suit, said to be worth Rs 10 lakh, had kicked up a political storm with the Opposition, particularly the Congress, which took on Modi during the campaign for Delhi Assembly polls, saying that wearing such an expensive garment showed how alienated the PM is from the poor of this country.
It was tailored by 'Jade Blue' in Ahmedabad, a clothing chain that handles Modi's wardrobe.