President of India Prathibha Patil also joined Pranab Mukherjee to welcome the Kazakhstan President. “Our prime minister is indisposed, hence I am receiving you," Mukherjee, the senior most minister in the Union cabinet told the Kazakh President while greeting him.
After Nazarbayev inspected the tri-services Guard of Honour, Mukherjee introduced to him cabinet ministers who had assembled there for the ceremonial welcome.
These duties are actually carried out by the Prime Minister.
OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies)