Shiv Sena defends Modi on auction of monogrammed suit


The Shiv Sena on Saturday came to the defence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the auction of his pinstripe monogrammed suit and said the two-piece ensemble was valued highly because of the person who wore it.

“Instead of criticising, the Congress can auction the wardrobe and footwear of Rahul Gandhi and see what amount they fetch. Similarly, Arvind Kejriwal can auction his muffler while Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav can call for bidding of their belongings… The suit which fetched over Rs 4.31 crore is because of the person who wore it,” an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana said on Saturday.

“Modi plans to utilise the money for Ganga river cleaning and girls education. Modi wore the suit only once and builders, industrialists, diamond merchants made a beeline to buy it. Modi wears new clothes every day, if some of them are auctioned, black money from within India will come out and the assurance of unearthing of black money would be fulfilled,” it said.

About 455 items received as gifts including a T-shirt from Australian cricketer Bret Lee are under the hammer but according to reports they are not getting good response, the editorial noted.

“Modi’s clothes are simple but of high quality. The country’s PM should dress properly and there should be aura to his personality,” it added.