Though an official offered him an umbrella, he did not accept it and kept standing in the rain to take the salute.
Earlier in the day, President Kovind arrived in Kollam on his maiden visit to Kerala after becoming president, and launched a Rs- 100 crore initiative of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math to provide clean water to rural India at the math headquarters at nearby Vallikkavu.
Kerala Governor Justice (retd) P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who received the president on his arrival at the Air Force Technical Area of the airport at Thiruvananthapuram.
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