A Man Of Expensive Taste, Modi Fakes ‘Poor Man’ Image To Spite RaGa In Karnataka
Having posed in high fashion brands, from Bvlgari specs to designer bandhgalas, the Prime Minister’s latest riposte reeks of political hypocrisy.
Be it Bvlgari specs, bandhgala suits or turbans to match the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of dressing has always caught the eyeballs of the fashionista and the common man alike. His dressing sense has been subject of news across the globe. But Modi, on Tuesday, claimed that he is not a well-dressed man when compared to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
He was addressing an election rally in the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly elections. He said, “Congress President has challenged me—if he speaks for 15 minutes in Parliament, Modi will not be able to sit. He is correct—there is no way ordinary people like me, who do not even dress well, can sit with such high-and-mighty people like the Congress President.
Newscentral 24X7 has rummaged through the Modi closet to find some of the more popular outfits he’s donned in the past. Here’s a quick rundown:
1. Mumbai-based menswear designer Troy Costa became famous for designing Modi’s outfit for his 2015 US visit. The designer also claimed that Modi “loves his clothes”. In the same visit PM’s bandhgala suit sparked an online stir. The stripes in the pinstripe were etched with the PM’s name. He was called a megalomaniac for wearing the suit, which was quickly auctioned for a hefty amount to contain the embarrassment.
2. A 2015 report in Hindustan Times said Modi changed his clothes at least four times in a day when he met different categories of delegates during his US visit. When he met the Obamas, he was wearing the bandhgala suit designed by Costa, when he attended the Digital India seminar he wore another bandhgala suit. On the same day when he met the CEOs of Google and Microsoft, he wore a light brown bandhgala kurta-suit. He wore a completely new outfit – black Nehru jacket with cream shirt –when he met Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
3. Politicians from other countries also follow Modi for his style. During the BRICS 2016 Summit President Jacob Zuma from South Africa, Russian President Vladamir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Michel Temer wore a Nehru jacket for a photo-op.
4. In 2017, when he attended the ASEAN Summit , Narendra Modi stood out in his ‘kurta-pyjama’ avatar. He looked dapper, News18 claimed.
5. This Hindustan Times article claims Modi wears only branded clothes, including Bvlagri spectacles frames, Movado watch and has a “swanky” collection of Mont Blanc pens.
6. Modi’s baandhani turban, which he wore on Independence Day in 2017, became a fashion statement for many Modi bhakts. His I-Day turbans have gone on to cement his sense of style. His favourite election strategy has been ‘when in Rome dress like Romans’. Apart from the Muslim skull scap, Modi has been seen wearing a peacock turban, an Assamese japi and even a Punjabi pagdi to score well in elections.
7. The Prime Minister also alerted the fashion police when he was captured playing golf in a T-shirt and trousers, a rare visual for many. He wore dark glasses and posed rather casually for this. This was in 2011 before he became PM.
8. A TOI January 2018 report said the PM replied to an RTI stating that his fashion expenses are not borne by the government.