Reviving an old tradition of the Head of State traveling in a presidential saloon, the President, earlier, accompanied by First Lady Savita Devi Kovind, boarded a special train to his native place Kanpur
In an emotional gesture, President Ram Nath Kovind after reaching his native village Paraunkh, in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon, bowed and touched the soil to pay obeisance to the land of his birth.
He visited Paraunkh, roughly 60km away from Lucknow city for the first time since assuming office.
In a rare emotional gesture, after landing at the helipad near his village, Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, President Ram Nath Kovind bowed and touched the soil to pay obeisance to the land of his birth. pic.twitter.com/zx6OhUchSu
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“I’d never imagined even in my dreams that an ordinary boy like me from a village would get the privilege of discharging responsibilities of the highest office of the country. But our democratic system has made it possible,” said Kovind at Jan Abhinandan Samaroh in Kanpur Dehat.
Noting the contribution of his hometown in his journey, the President said: “Wherever I am, the smell of the soil of my village and the memories of the residents of my village are always present in my heart. For me, Paraunkh is not just a village, it is my motherland, from where I have always been inspired to go ahead and serve the country.”
The President will reach Lucknow on June 28 and is expected to lay the foundation stone of the BR Ambedkar memorial on June 29. The Yogi Adityanath-led UP Cabinet has approved the land for the memorial on Friday at the Lok Bhawan auditorium in Lucknow.
Reviving an old tradition of the Head of State traveling in a presidential saloon, the President, earlier, accompanied by First Lady Savita Devi Kovind, boarded a special train to his native place Kanpur. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad was the last President to use a presidential saloon in 2006.
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