Srinagar: President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas in the summer capital Srinagar due to bad weather. Kovind was earlier scheduled to visit the war memorial in Drass in Ladakh region to ‘pay tributes to soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1999 Kargil war’.
Kovind could not go to Drass in Kargil to join the celebration due to bad weather, official sources said.
They said later it was decided that president would join the 20th anniversary of Vijay Diwas at Badami Bagh Cantonment, headquarter of Chinar Corps.
The President, supreme commander of Indian Armed Forces, was taken to Badami Bagh cantonment in a helicopter from Srinagar Technical Airport.
Kovind arrived in Srinagar on Friday to pay homage to slain soldiers of 1999 on 20th anniversary of ‘Vijay Diwas’.
‘On Kargil Vijay Diwas, a grateful nation acknowledges the gallantry of our Armed Forces on the heights of Kargil in 1999. We salute the grit and valour of those who defended India, and record our everlasting debt to those who never returned. Jai Hind,’ President Kovind wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
On #KargilVijayDiwas, paid tributes to our martyrs at Chinar Corps (15 Corps) War Memorial in Srinagar.
India remains grateful to those in our Armed Forces who served in the Kargil conflict and defended our sovereignty with incredible valour.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 26, 2019