SURAT, Feb 18 � A Surat-based textile businessman bid a whopping Rs 1.21 crore in an auction today for Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s controversial pinstripe monogrammed bandhgala suit that he wore during US President Barack Obama�s visit to India last month, reports PTI.
Rajesh Juneja gave a written bid offering Rs 1.21 crore for Modi�s navy blue suit which was the star attraction at the three-day auction which opened today.
Earlier, NRI businessman Viral Chowksi offered Rs 1.11 crore, while before him textile trader Suresh Aggarwal made an offer of Rs 1 crore for the two-piece suit.
The first bid was made for Rs 11 lakh by a Surat-based chartered accountant Pankaj, while a few minutes later, the second bid of Rs 51 lakh was made by Raju Agarwal, an estate dealer.
�I have offered Rs 1 crore. This is a work of charity and when the Prime Minister is doing it for a great cause like cleaning of Ganga, I decided to go ahead and buy the suit,� said Suresh Aggarwal.
Giving a new dimension to the controversy, NRI Gujarati businessman Ramesh B Virani, who had participated in the Gujarat Vibrant Summit, said he had gifted the suit to Modi when he had gone to invite the Prime Minister for his son�s wedding.