President Kovind refuses umbrella, takes salute amid pouring rain in Kerala

Vastavam web: President Ram Nath Kovind, who arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday on his first state visit, took the salute at the guard of honour given to him at the airport amid pouring rain, and preferred to stand without any umbrella. The President, who is the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces, arrived around 9.30am. Kovind was received by Kerala governor P Sathasivam and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan besides others. As it was raining heavily, the security officials were seen providing a cover to the President, who, however, refused and stood on the dais to take the salute.