Indian Politician Wear Pure Gold 4kg Shirt on Birthday
NCP corporator gifts self 4kg-gold shirt on birthday
NASHIK: On any other day, Pankaj Parakh flaunts gold ornaments weighing around 2.25kg. So it was possibly only natural for this NCP corporator from Yeola to wear a 4-kg gold shirt worth Rs 1.40 crore to celebrate his 45th birthday on Friday.
Though the birthday boy cut the cake in state PWD minister and veteran NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s presence, he avoided wearing the shirt in front of his senior in politics. Bhujbal, who presided over the birthday celebration programme, had reportedly made it clear that he would not attend the event if Parakh flaunted the gold shirt during the function.
Parakh, however, did not appear to consider that the shirt he got stitched to celebrate his birthday was too lavish a gift for his self. “I have spent Rs 1.40 crore on the shirt weighing 3.9 kg. I have worn the costliest shirt in the world. This was my biggest ambition. I want to see my name in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said the deputy council president of Yeola.
“Passion does not need money. It needs courage. I wear gold ornaments weighing around 2.25 kg every day,” said Parakh, who runs a garments business. The corporator said he was aware of people across the state and country talking about the shirt, and that many were criticising his opulence as well. “There are thousands of people in metros or other parts of the country who gift themselves luxury cars worth over Rs 2 crore on their birthdays. That does not become a news. But when I am wearing a shirt made of gold, everybody is talking about it.”
As part of his birthday celebrations, Parakh organised a health check-up programme for around 300 people with physical disabilities and a blood donation programme. “We run a trust, through which we take up various social programmes. In the last four years, I sponsored surgeries of 125 polio patients, who could not stand on their feet without other others’ assistance. Today, they are standing on their own. I have also ensured that at least 40 of them get employed in our credit society,” he said.