Prime Minister Narendra Modi spends on his own clothing- response to an RTI query has revealed.
RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had sought information about the government’s expenditure on attires of Prime Ministers namely Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In response, PMO said that the query is personal in nature and that the information does not form part of the official records of PMO.
According to a report in Times of India, Sabharwal said that many people assumed that humongous amounts were spent by the central government on the clothing of Prime Ministers.
He, however, told Times of India that the response to the RTI query makes it clear that the government does not spend any money on Prime Minister’s attire.
The RTI response comes on the backdrop of a series of allegations by political opponents, who have attacked Prime Minister Modi over his wardrobe. Last year, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that PM spent Rs 10 lakh per day on his clothes.
“If you want to verify these facts, you just have to google, type in Modi, then go to images and there is proof of what I am saying. He never wears the same clothes again. You will never find a picture of the same dress again,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Earlier, Another RTI had already revealed that PM Modi pays the bills for his kitchen at 7 Race Course Road because he believes it is personal in nature. The PMO was also asked to provide the copies of bills of spices and vegetables as well as the types of gas cylinders used.
When Sabharwal received the RTI reply, he said that several people assume that the massive amount of expenditure is borne by the union government upon the clothes of PM Modi, but now that the RTI has replied, it is clarified that the government is not bearing any cost which comes along with PM’s clothes.
According to the report, RTI activist Sabharwal said that he filed the RTI last year on December 9.
The aim was to clear the air around allegations levelled by political parties especially the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on PM Modi were right or wrong.