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Pratibha Patil's first day out on Monday

Patil will on Monday preside over a special address by Jacques Diouf, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

india Updated: Aug 04, 2007 13:27 IST

President Pratibha Patil will have her first official day out on Monday when she will preside over a special address by Jacques Diouf, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Diouf will be speaking on "Agriculture Cannot Wait" at the National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (NAAS) in New Delhi.

Patil entered Rashtrapati Bhavan 10 days ago as India's first woman president, but has largely remained confined within the precincts of the President's Estate, entertaining visitors and well-wishers.

Informed sources said that even leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which opposed her vehemently in the presidential elections, have made courtesy calls on her.

On July 28, BJP President Rajnath Singh led a delegation of Goa legislators to seek the removal of the Congress-led government in the state.

On Friday, Patil entertained a host of visitors.

High on the day's list of appointments was a courtesy call by BJP MP Yashodhra Raje Scindia, younger sister of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje.

A total of 202 people have called on her from Maharashtra, of which two were from her hometown Jalgaon.

As for her immediate relatives, most of them have left Rashtrapati Bhavan "as far as we know", said a protocol official.

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