New Delhi, Feb 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to auction his much-commented-upon bandhgala suit that he wore for a joint appearance with US President Barack Obama here, reports said on Thursday.
The suit with the prime minister’s full name ‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ written in pinstripes received a fair bit of criticism in the media.
Reports said the suggestion to auction the suit came from a senior Union minister and are under active consideration. The proceeds from the auction will be gifted to an NGO in Varanasi.
This will not be the first time when prime minister Modi would donate his personal thing for a noble cause. When he was the chief minister of Gujarat, he had deposited over Rs 19 crore in the government treasury, raised through auction of over 18,000 gifts.
Modi wore the deep blue bandhgala suit at Hyderabad House when he stepped out for a ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ meet and a press conference with Obama.
This was not the first time a leader worn an ensemble with his own name all over it. Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is also said to have flaunted a similar suit back in 2011.
Since taking charge as prime minister, Modi has impressed the fashion community and the common man with his sartorial choices.
Whether it is with his well-fitted bandhgala suits, his half-sleeved kurta and brightly coloured Nehru jackets or his choice of an orange shawl — Modi’s style statements have always been eye-catching — so much so that during the Obamas’ visit for the country’s 66th Republic Day celebrations, he stole the thunder from the US First Lady as far as fashion was concerned.
His pinstripe-with-his-name suit has generated a lot of buzz on social networking mediums.