“It has been one of the most talked about and controversial suits in the history of Indian politics”

An Indian diamond trader has agreed to pay 43.1m rupees ($690,000; £450,000) for a suit worn by Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Winning bidder Hitesh Patel told BBC: “We will keep the suit at our factory and it will be a source of inspiration.”

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s had worn a pinstripe monogrammed suit in his meeting with President Barack Obama last month when Obama had come at India’s Republic Day as the Chief Guest earlier this year on January 25.

The said suit was rumoured to cost around $16,000 and carried India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi name in gold thread monogrammed on a closer inspection. The stripes were actually tiny letters spelling out his name in full– Narendra Damodardas Modi–and embroidered vertically down the stripe. 

Narendra Modi had earlier this week put the suit along with 455 other items on auction in a 3 Day auction event at Surat, India. Narendra Modi is generating funds for his ambitious Clean Ganga RPT Ganga Mission.

India’s Prime Minister is known for raising funds in similar fashion during his chief ministerial tenure in Gujarat, India before becoming the Indian Prime Minister earlier in 2014.

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