Modi’s 1,800 mementos sold, to help clean Ganga

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New Delhi: The fort­night­long auc­tion of the over 1,800 mementos that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi re­ceived dur­ing his term so far in of­fice, came to a close on Satur­day evening. While the PMO said that the on­line and off­line auc­tion re­ceived a “tremen­dous re­sponse” from the na­tion’s peo­ple, it did not give a cu­mu­la­tive fig­ure col­lected from the sales. The pro­ceeds will be used for the Na­mami Gange project, a Cen­tral govern­ment ini­tia­tive to clean the Ganga river.

The mementos that drew large bids in­cluded a stat­uette of Lord Shiva, which had a base price of Rs. 5,000 and was auc­tioned for Rs. 10 lakh and a wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh, with a base price of Rs 4,000 that was auc­tioned for Rs 13 lakh.

A tra­di­tional “Ho­rai” re­ceived from Ma­juli, As­sam, (a tra­di­tional sym­bol of the State of As­sam — an of­fer­ing tray with a stand), that was slated for a base price of Rs 2,000 was auc­tioned for Rs 12 lakh.

Also sold was a stat­uette of Gau­tam Bud­dha for Rs. 7 lakh along with a me­mento ti­tled “Di­vin­ity” re­ceived from SGPC, Am­rit­sar, that fetched Rs 10.1 lakh.

A tra­di­tional brass statue of a lion, re­ceived from for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal Sushil Koirala, was auc­tioned for Rs. 5.20 lakh while a sil­ver vase (Kalash) with em­boss­ing was auc­tioned for Rs. 6 lakh.

“Prime Min­is­ter Modi, even as Chief Min­is­ter of Gu­jarat, used to auc­tion mementos re­ceived by him, so that the pro­ceeds could go for the ed­u­ca­tion of girl chil­dren. Con­tin­u­ing the same prac­tice, he has now en­abled the col­lec­tion of funds which will help clean up the Holy River Ganga,” the state­ment said.

—PTI

File pho­tos of vis­i­tors at an auc­tion of mementos pre­sented to PM Naren­dra Modi at Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art in New Delhi

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