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Haridwar, September 10
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today tried to placate Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat by taking him in his helicopter to Almora. Rawat has again announced to start a ‘bhajan’ programme in Haridwar in protest against the state government.

Bahuguna flew in from Dehradun and picked up Rawat from a makeshift helipad at the Gurukul Kangri University Dayanand stadium here. Both of them flew to Almora where they were to attend several government functions.
The Chief Minister ensured that he did not have to face questions from the media and didn’t come out of the helicopter. He waved to the party workers, the media and the people, who had come to meet him, while sitting in the helicopter.
Rawat also evaded the media and replied to only one question regarding his proposed protest at Har-Ki-Pauri. “There are no differences between us as is made out by the media. I am taking up public issues with the Chief Minister and the latter has assured me of addressing them. Bhajan kirtan is a non-violent mode of protest, but now there is no such plan,” said Rawat at the Dayanand stadium.
Asked about the tour with Bahuguna, Rawat said it was planned 10 days ago. “After all we are party workers first and our aim is to strengthen both Congress and government in the state and at the Centre,” said Rawat.
Meanwhile, the two leaders left dejected the party workers and the local people who waited for 90 minutes to meet them. They were carrying bouquets and applications to meet Bahuguna but the latter did not meet them even for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, Haridwar Congress president OP Chauhan said, “Maybe due to prior commitments and shortage of time that Bahuguna did not meet the party workers. But we got the opportunity to greet Rawat. It augurs well for the party and the government that both leaders are coming together.” 
There are no differences between us as is made out by the media. I am taking up public issues with the Chief Minister and the latter has assured me of addressing them. Bhajan kirtan is a non-violent mode of protest, but now there is no such plan. After all we are party workers first and our aim is to strengthen both Congress and government.
— Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State 


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