That is the price of the jacket, or close enough, insisted the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi visited the party-ruled northeastern state to prep for the February 27 election. Attending a concert in state capital Shillong, he ditched his regulation white kurta for a black convertible jacket and jeans.
The BJP's Meghalaya unit soon shared an image of the 47-year-old in the Burberry jacket, along with a picture from the British luxury brand's catalogue with the price - nearly thousand dollars or roughly Rs 63,400.
So @OfficeOfRG , soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us! pic.twitter.com/sRvj5eoyRb- BJP Meghalaya (@BJP4Meghalaya) January 30, 2018
"The Congress left the northeast poor while their leaders roam around in 70K jackets," sneered BJP leader Ram Madhav.
"Somebody gave that to me," Mr Gandhi later said, which the Congress leaders explained, meant it was a gift.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who performed the song "We Shall Overcome" at the concert, defended his party chief. "How does it matter? It's cold here so he can't wear a kurta! Just because Mr Modi wears designer..."
Some tweets reminded Rahul Gandhi of his "torn kurta" look.
The monogrammed suit worn just once by PM Modi was auctioned for Rs 4.31 crore.
So Demonetization & GST matter is settled. From Phata Kurta to US$1000 designer jacket. Indians are getting richer.- TheGiniKhan (@giniromet) January 31, 2018
Rahul Gandhi cannot deny now ? pic.twitter.com/ecNepbhPCt
"They auctioned Modi's jacket for crores... These are the same people who are talking about Rahul's jacket?" scoffed Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary, adding that she could produce the same jacket for a price of "Rs 700 instead of Rs 70,000".
What softened the sting of the "jacket" barbs were photos on social media of Rahul Gandhi helping fellow passengers with their luggage on the Delhi-Guwahati flight on Tuesday.
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