President Ram Nath Kovind today lauded the "pehel aap tehzeeb" of Lucknow, saying it gives a chance to all sections of the society to move forward.
The president, who is on his first visit to his home state of Uttar Pradesh after assuming office, addressed a civic reception here.
The "teehzib of Lucknow encourages to move forward ... gives chance to all sections to move ahead", he said.
The president also hailed Indian democracy, saying he was a common citizen of Uttar Pradesh but democracy gave him "the chance to reach this post".
Kovind said he has "a special attachment to the state" and he will do whatever he can for it.
"UP has a rich heritage... It's the land of religious, intellectual people," he said.
UP CM Adityanath on the occasion said Kovind got the top post in Indian democracy by dint of struggle.
"The entire country is excited over his becoming president, especially 22 crore people of UP as he belongs to the state," he said.
He said the "Swachhta Hi Seva" programme, to be launched by the president from Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, will be a "historic" one.
Earlier in the day, the president garlanded the statue of B R Ambedkar on the premises of the Ambedkar Mahasabha.
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