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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh beginning tomorrow, during which he will attend several programmes in the state capital and Kanpur. This is Kovind's first visit to the state after assuming the high office. The president will arrive in Lucknow tomorrow afternoon and attend a programme at the Indira Gandhi Pratisthan, a senior administration official 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, before leaving for Kanpur to 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. However, there was no word on whether Kovind will visit his ancestral Paraunkh village in adjoining Kanpur Dehat district. The president will inaugurate a Solid-Liquid Waste Management Scheme here and distribute among safai workers tri-cycles meant for carrying garbage. UP Governor Ram Naik and Adityanth will also be present in the programme. BJP leader Surendra Maithani said, "After becoming the president, this is his first visit to Kanpur. The entire city is being decorated with flowers." Maithani said that the president would also visit the residence of RSS leader Ishwar Chandra Gupta in Tilak Nagar area of the city. The district magistrate said elaborate security measures were being taken in view of the high-profile visit.