President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Lucknow on Thursday for a two-day visit to his home state.

He was received at the Chowdhary Charan Singh airport by Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other ministers.

This is the President’s first visit to the state after assuming the top most constitutional post of the country.

Kovind later drove to the Ambedkar Mahasabha premises opposite Vidhan Sabha and paid floral tributes to an urn holding the ashes of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He also planted a sapling there.

He stayed for a little over 15 minutes at the Mahasabha campus. He is to be felicitated at a public function at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in the evening, followed by a dinner at the Chief Minister’s official residence.

He is breaking protocol to attend the dinner hosted by Adityanath.

Kovind will go to Kanpur, his home district, on Friday before returning to the national capital later in the day.