Ram Nath Kovind was denied entry to President’s Shimla retreat

President Pranab Mukherjee has been a regular visitor every summer except this time when he cancelled his tour owing to the Presidential polls.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published:June 20, 2017 4:56 am
Ram Nath Kovind, Pranab Mukherjee, President's Retreat, Shimla Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is the NDA’s Presidential nominee. (File Photo)

Call it destiny, or sheer coincidence, the BJP’s Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind was denied entry to the President’s Shimla summer holiday resort barely three weeks back. The Retreat is located amid Shimla’s protected green belt,14 km from the town. President Pranab Mukherjee has been a regular visitor every summer except this time when he cancelled his tour owing to the Presidential polls.

Kovind, who is the Bihar Governor, was in town as guest of Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat between May 28 to 30 alongwith his family members — wife and children. He was staying at the Raj Bhawan.

Sources in the Raj Bhawan said that on May 29, he went to see Shimla’s famous catchment area forest — Siyog.

While returning from the forest, Kovind chose to visit The Retreat, about 5 km away, alongwith his family but was denied entry by the staff posted there. Permission is granted only by the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

As Kovind had not obtained permission from the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he was refused entrance.

Shashi Kant Sharma, advisor to Himachal Governor, said Kovind “did not mind” being denied entry.

“Had he told us,we could have facilitated the visit,” Sharma added.

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    siksha
    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:21 am
    They should give a medal to the guards at the resort. Rules should be rules, whether you are an MP or a Governor or a Presidential candidate. It was certainly very nice of Mr. Kovind if he did not make much of it and become vindictive.
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      Ram
      Jun 20, 2017 at 8:40 am
      Perfect :)
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Jun 20, 2017 at 9:20 am
        and did not make it a news.
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          Madhusudhan
          Jun 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm
          Both sides are good and nicely behaved. This type of things happen only in the rule of BJP Government but not in the rule of Congress or Left who do not have Right thinking except opposing BJP.