The President of India Dr. Rajindra Prasad left for Calcutta on 13th March on the?
The President of India Dr. Rajindra Prasad left for Calcutta on 13th March on the first lap of his journey to the Indo China States of South and North Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The Ceremonial platform of New Delhi was very well decorated while the Presidents guards stood at attention at important points. The President is visiting these states on an official invitation and is accompanied by Mr. S.K. Patil, Union Minister for Communications and Transport. Also accompanied him is the Military secretary and the President's staff. The platform was heaving with activity as the diplomats, Union Cabinet Ministers, public figures and members of Parliament were arriving to accord a warm send off to the President of India. The President reaches Calcutta on 14th March morning and flies for Cambodia on 15th morning reaching there the same day. On arrival, the President was received by the Vice President of India Dr. Radha Krishnan who presented to him the Prime Minister of India Mr. Jawahar Lal Nehru and the Mayor of Delhi Mrs. Aruna Asaf Ali. Later the Chief of Protocol Mr. Tandon introduced the President to the members of the diplomatic corps. Introductions over, the President inspected a guard of honour provided by the joint services composed of one contingent each of Army, Airforce and the Navy while the Naval band played in attendance. After inspecting the guard of honour, Dr. Prasad came back to the platform and warmly hugged his grand daughters and chatted with Mr. Nehru, Dr. Radha Krishnan and others as there were still some minutes for the train which steamed out at exact 10.10 A.M.