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Obama to travel to Republic Day parade in his official vehicle

New Delhi: In a break from tradition, US President Barack Obama will be travelling in his own official vehicle to the saluting dais during the Republic Day parade here, reports said.

The US Secret Service had requested that Obama travel to the Republic Day parade and declined to abide by the protocol which states that the chief guest arrive at Rajpath in the Indian President's car.

US had suggested that either President Pranab Mukherjee travels to the venue in Obama's car or both of them travel in separate vehicles.

The US had also asked that a no fly-zone be declared over Rajpath during the Republic Day parade but Indian authorities declined the demand as there would be flypast during the ceremony.

The authorities however relented allowing Obama to travel to the dais in the US President's official vehicle nicknamed - 'The Beast.'

Obama will be the first US President to be the chief guest at Indian Republic Day celebrations.

From Zee News

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