Politics over a jacket worn by Rahul Gandhi has taken another twist now after the Congress chief clarified that it was not his, but borrowed.
The jacket worn by Gandhi while attending a concert in poll-bound Meghalaya caught the attention of the BJP which accused him of buying it with 'black money'.
The jacket is two-in-one down puffer jacket from Burberry, which is a British luxury fashion brand, and, according to the BJP, costs almost Rs 70,000.
The images of Gandhi wearing the jacket gave fresh ammunition to the BJP to counter his famous 'suit boot ki sarkaar' jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
The BJP spent no time and its Meghalaya unit highlighted it on the Twitter with a photo of Gandhi donning the jacket.
"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!" wrote Meghalaya BJP below the picture which was paired with the jacket's original photo and price.
Rahul Gandhi has now reportedly cleared the air, saying he borrowed the jacket, reported India Today.
It was a borrowed jacket, says @OfficeOfRG about the jacket Rahul Gandhi wore in Shillong@KDscribe— IndiaTodayFLASH (@IndiaTodayFLASH) January 31, 2018
Earlier, hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress party called it the BJP's desperation to bring down the Congress party president's popularity and image.
Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary laughed away the BJP's claims and said she could produce the same jacket for Rs. 700 for Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he wants, and added that "only I don't have his measurements other than chappan inch chaati (56 inch chest)."
Chaudhary said, "I don't know whether to laugh or to cry on the desperation of the BJP. Are you saying that they have no other work than to sit and search rates?? I can show you the same jacket for 700 rupees. If the Prime Minister wants it I can get one and send it to him other than 56-inch chest, I don't have his measurements."
(Inputs from agencies)