New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday over the monogrammed suit donned by the PM during his meeting with US President Barack Obama in New Delhi last year, which entered the Guinness World Records as 'the most expensive suit sold at auction'.
Rahul tweeted saying - "Just rewards for Modi ji's immense sacrifice."
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The monogrammed suit donned by PM Modi had gone under the hammer in February last year and was purchased for Rs 4.31 crore by Surat-based diamond trader Lalji Patel, who owns Dharmananda Diamond Company.
The Guinness World Records acknowledges the suit as the "most expensive suit (clothing) sold at auction is Rs 43,131,311 and was bought by Laljibhai Tulsibhai Patel (India) in Surat, Gujarat, India on February 20, 2015."
The suit has stripes with the name 'Narendra Damodardas Modi' woven into it in glittering gold letters.
The suit was reportedly prepared at a cost of Rs 10 lakh and was auctioned at a base price of Rs 11 lakh.
The money raised from the auction of the suit has been earmarked for the Centre's clean Ganga mission.
"It is a matter of happiness and pride that the suit has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. We had applied for the world record around five months back on the suggestion of our company's HR management team. Within a couple of months, we received a certificate acknowledging that it was the world's most expensive suit sold at an auction," Hitesh Patel, son of Laljibhai, had said in Surat (Gujarat) yesterday, as per PTI.
The suit had kicked up a political row with Opposition parties accusing the PM of 'narcissism'.
Rahul had latched on it to accuse PM Modi of heading a 'suit-boot ki sarkar' which worked only for the rich.
The government had hit back, saying it was in fact a 'soojh-boojh ki sarkar' (a government with wisdom).
(With Agency inputs)