Just three weeks after denied entry into the Presidential Retreat in Shimla, Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, BJP’ Presidential nominee, emerged as the front-runner for the post. Kovind, who’s chances of becoming the next President of India is merely a formality, may spend the next summer in the same Retreat. Located around 14 Km away from Shimla, the treat is in protected green belt of the Himalayan city.

Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, since assuming office in 2012, has been a regular visitor of the summer retreat, the only exception being the ongoing year when the election for the next President is due.

Media reports say that the Bihar Governor was in Shimla as an official guest of this Himachal Pradesh counterpart Governor Acharya Devvrat for two days during the end of May. Ram Nath Kovind, accompanied by his wife and children, was staying in the Raj Bhawan.

While returning from his visit from Shimla’s famous catchment area forest — Siyog, Kovind gave an unplanned visit to the Retreat. The Bihar Governor was denied entry by the staff posted there, as a visitor requires permission from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Shashi Kant Sharma, advisor to Himachal Governor, told Indian Express that  Kovind “did not mind” being denied entry. “Had he told us, we could have facilitated the visit.”


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