President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh beginning tomorrow, during which he will attend several programmes including those being held to commemorate B R Ambedkar and RSS icon Deen Dayal Upadhyay. This is Kovind's first visit to the state after assuming the high office. As per the schedule, on the first day the president will pay tributes to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar at the Ambedkar Mahasabha here. He will also attend a civil reception programme at the Indira Gandhi Pratisthan, officials said. Later, he will attend a dinner at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's official, 5, Kalidas Marg, residence. On September 15, the president will meet some people at the Raj Bhavan and before leaving for Kanpur he will pay tributes to Deen Dayal Upadhyay at the 'Smriti Vatika' here, the officials added. In Kanpur, Kovind will participate in a 'Swachhta hi Sewa' programme. "The president will visit Ishwariganj village in Kalyanpur at 2.30 pm on September 15.
Ishwariganj was recently declared open-defecation free," Kanpur District Magistrate Surendra Singh said. "He will launch the 'Swachhta hi Sewa' (Cleanliness is Service) programme from the village and honour five people who played a major role in making Ishwariganj an open-defecation free village," he said. There was no word on whether Kovind will visit his ancestral Paraunkh village in the adjoining Kanpur Dehat district. The president will inaugurate a Solid-Liquid Waste Management Scheme here and distribute tri-cycles meant for carrying garbage among 'safai' workers. UP Governor Ram Naik and Adityanath will also be present at the event. "After becoming the president, this is his first visit to Kanpur. The entire city is being decorated with flowers," BJP leader Surendra Maithani said. He added that the president would also visit the residence of RSS leader Ishwar Chandra Gupta in the Tilak Nagar area of the city. Elaborate security measures had been made view of the high-profile visit, officials said.
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