New Delhi: Members of Gujarat’s Koli community met and greeted President Ramnath Kovind and his wife on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Monday. President Kovind hails from the same community.
A delegation of 116 women and 27 men, representing the Koli Samaj in Gujarat, tied the traditional ‘rakhi’ on the hands of both President Kovind and his wife, Savita Kovind.
The Koli community refers to a section of people belonging to the Other Backward Classes or OBC faction, a huge chunk of which lives in Gujarat.
The appointment of President Kovind was seen in the light of garnering votes from this community, as he was hailed to be the leading figure for them. Media reports even suggested that President Kovind was the head of the Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj.
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the festival celebrating the love and duty between brothers and sisters, President Kovind extended greetings to the nation. The leader took to twitter to convey their greetings to the nation on this auspicious occasion.
Earlier, few widows from Vrindavan and students from various schools welcomed the festival by tying home-made rakhis for Prime Minister Modi at his official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
Meanwhile, in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh on Monday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) women leaders.
Similarly, school girls in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers deployed for Amarnath Yatra security.