New Delhi, Feb 18: It has been revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monogrammed black suit was not worth Rs 10 lakh as claimed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and many of the media agencies.
This could be a big embarrassment for the Congress scion who had raked up the issue of Modi's expensive suit during the campaign for Delhi assembly polls.
Rameshkumar Bhikabhai Virani, who gave the suit to Prime Minister has strongly refuted the news reports that the suit was this expensive.
In an exclusive interview to ANI, Virani said, I am from Gujarat. I presented this suit to him (Prime Minister Modi) when I attended the recent Vibrant Gujarat Summit. I gave it while extending an invitation to him to attend my son's wedding on January 26."
Prodding more, Gujarati businessman further said, "My son's name is Smit Virani. I gave this gift to my elder brother (Prime Minister Modi) on behalf of my son. My son had this idea of making this monogrammed suit. He said he wanted to give a surprise to Modiji.
Though he didn't reveal the exact cost of the suit saying, "People can say anything. I can confirm that what is being said about its cost is not the correct amount. My son does not have the guts to spend that kind of money or that amount."
Meanwhile, BJP lashed out at Congress vice president for making false allegation against Prime Minister.
"The problem with the mindset of any yuvraj is that his vision sticks to clothes but not to personality", Sudhanshu Trivedi said.
On Wednesday, monogrammed bandhgala suit was put up for the auction.
Earlier, Surat Municipal Commissioner Milind Toravane had announced that the suit that created waves and kicked up a political storm will be auctioned along with 455 items.
These items which were given to PM Modi as gifts during his nearly nine-month long tenure have been auctioned to generate funds for the Prime Minister's ambitious 'Clean India Mission'.
According to latest reports, Rs 51 Lakh bid has been made by Rajubhai Agarwal for the suit. The bid started at Rs 11 lakh.