Of the 11 bids for Lovlina Borgohain’s Olympic bronze winning pair of gloves, the highest was Rs 1.92 crore till Friday evening, against the base price of Rs 80 lakh
NEW DELHI: The e-auction of mementos gifted to PM Narendra Modi organised to coincide with his birthday, received an overwhelming response with bids worth over Rs 10-crore fetched on the very first day with 19 days still to go.
The items attracting the highest bids were those gifted recently to the PM by Olympic champions. Of the 11 bids for woman pugilist Lovlina Borgohain's Olympic bronze winning pair of gloves, the highest was worth Rs 1.92 crore till Friday evening against the base price of Rs 80 lakh. Next highest bid was for Neeraj Chopra's gold winning javelin - a whopping Rs 1.55 crore against the base price of Rs 1 crore.
Paralympic gold winner and world record holder Sumit Antil's javelin bid, also with a base price of Rs 1 crore, wasn't far behind Chopra's with the highest of the seven bids, being at Rs 1,00,08,000. Next highest bid was worth Rs 1,00,00,100 for women's hockey captain Rani Rampal's stick against the base price of Rs 80-lakh even though her team finished fourth. The proceeds of the auction will go to "Namami Gange" project.
The day was also celebrated by BJP and the PM's followers as "Seva Samarpan" - 20 years of good governance - including Modi's tenure as Gujarat CM. Sources said the entire focus is on "Amrut Prayas", entailing initiatives to make the country "self reliant".
BJP president J P Nadda launched a campaign under which trained cadres were roped in to reach vaccination centres and ensure that the first dose of vaccine is given to maximum possible people.
The BJP-ruled states launched dedicated campaigns and welfare schemes. A virtual exhibition of PM Modi's achievements as country's PM was displayed on the Namo app. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and senior leaders cutting across party lines conveyed greetings to the PM.