President’s programme to attend Ganga Arti cancelled

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Varanasi
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 18:56 IST
President of India Pranab Mukherjee will not be performing ‘Ganga Arti’ during his visit to Varanasi. (HT File Photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee’s schedule programme to attend Ganga Saptami puja and offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple was suddenly cancelled. Now, he will attend the function at BHU on Thursday and return to Delhi thereafter.

The cause of the cancellation of the programme is not clear.

According to protocol department, President will arrive at 3.45 pm at Babatpur airport where governor Ram Naik and UP chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will welcome the president. He would reach BHU guest house by road. At 6pm, he would reach Swatantrata Bhavan where he would deliver speech at BHU’s centennial year’s celebration.

President will attend a dinner to be hosted BHU vice chancellor Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm on Thursday. Later he would reach airport by road at 9 pm. He would fly to Delhi in a special Indian Air Force plane.

Protocol department said that president house informed about cancellation of Mukherjee’s plan to attend the special puja and later offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple through a revised protocol.

As per previous protocol, president had to make a night stay at BHU and attend Ganga Arti in the morning on Friday. He had to offer prayers at Lord Kashi Vishwanath Temple also.

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