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Elaborate arrangements are being made in the state capital to receive the Ram Nath Kovind and security has also been beefed up

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Ram Nath Kovind. IANS

Lucknow, Sep 14, 2017: President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive here on Thursday on a two-day visit, his first since ascending to the highest constitutional office in the country.

He will also visit his home town during the visit. Elaborate arrangements are being made in the state capital to receive the President and security has also been beefed up.

The President will arrive in a special Indian Air Force plane at the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport here around 3 p.m. on Thursday where he will be received by Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and some Ministers.

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He will be driven straight to Raj Bhawan where he would briefly rest and then go to the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan where the state government has organised a public felicitation event for the President, who hails from Kanpur rural.

More than 1,500 people have been invited for the function, an official said.

Breaking protocol, Kovind will drive to the 5, Kalidas Marg residence of Adityanath at night for dinner.

He will meet dignitaries and other people from the political spectrum on Friday before leaving for Kanpur in the afternoon in a chopper. The President will return later in the evening to Lucknow and then fly back to New Delhi.

The last time Ram Nath Kovind was in town was on June 25 as the National Democratic Alliance presidential nominee. (IANS)

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“Take Steps To Avoid Big Gatherings”, Says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

He urged Muslim clerics to ask people in the community to celebrate Shab-e-Baraat at home and not to collect in groups

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The Chief Minister appealed to the religious leaders to cooperate with the government in ensuring the lockdown and maintaining social distancing. Wikimedia Commons

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday evening interacted with about 376 religious leaders through video conferencing and urged them to ensure that there were no big gatherings of their community.

The Chief Minister appealed to the religious leaders to cooperate with the government in ensuring the lockdown and maintaining social distancing.

“We need to make the people aware about improving their lifestyle and ignoring immediate benefits. We did not allow people to collect on Ram Navmi and I expect you to do the same on other festivals,” he said.

He urged Muslim clerics to ask people in the community to celebrate Shab-e-Baraat at home and not to collect in groups.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday evening interacted with about 376 religious leaders through video conferencing and urged them to ensure that there were no big gatherings of their community. Wikimedia Commons

The Chief Minister said that disease does not differentiate on basis of religion or caste.

He said that social distancing will be continued even after the lockdown is lifted.

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The religious leaders in the video conferencing belonged to all religions and represented all districts in the state. (IANS)