December 30, 2014 2:29:09 am
By: Parimal Dave and Abantika Ghosh
President Pranab Mukherjee has cancelled his visits next month to West Bengal for the state’s investor summit and to Gujarat for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas after he was advised by doctors to avoid travel.
“The President has been advised by doctors to avoid travel because of health reasons. That is why these visits have been cancelled,” Venu Rajamony, press secretary to the President, told The Indian Express.
Mukherjee underwent coronary angioplasty earlier this month at Delhi’s Army Research and Referral Hospital. He has not travelled out of the city since then and has not attended public functions either.
He did, however, receive the President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid at Rashtrapati Bhavan immediately after he was released from the hospital.
This year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, to be held in Ahmedabad from January 7 to 9, has been turned into a high profile affair with the venue being shifted to Gujarat to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India.
Sources said the President’s office has communicated to the state government that instead of him, Vice-President Hamid Ansari will attend the event. The President will also not attend a function scheduled at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, on January 19 for the same reason.
Mukherjee will not be travelling to Kolkata either for the Global Bengal Business Summit — Bengal Leads — which will be held from January 6 to January 8. The summit is a prestigious event organised by West Bengal government to showcase the state as an investment destination. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had personally invited Mukherjee for the event.
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