Modi’s monogrammed suit to be sold

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Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dark suit with its unique monogram pinstripes is to be auctioned in his home state of Gujarat.

The money collected from auctioning the suit and hundreds of other gifts received by the prime minister would be used to clean up the heavily polluted Ganges River.

Modi wore the suit when US President Barack Obama visited India last month. Photographs of the suit showing Mr Modi’s name monogrammed in dull gold stripes went viral on social media.

Opposition leaders attacked the Indian prime minister for his extravagance in wearing a suit that was estimated to cost more than 1 million rupees (£10,000).

Gujarat official Milind Toravane said the suit and other items received by Mr Modi since he became prime minister nearly nine months ago are to be auctioned. The gifts include decorative pieces in silver and brass among other objects.

During the 12 years that Mr Modi was chief minister of Gujarat, the gifts he received were regularly auctioned off and the money collected used to fund programmes for the education of girls in the state.

No base price had been set for the suit, Mr Toravane said.

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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