Haridwar, September 10
Education Minister Mantri Prasad Naithani, who is considered close to Pauri Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj, today praised Maharaj's bête noire --- Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture Harish Rawat.
Talking to TNS during his brief stay at the Guest House, Damkoti, while on his way to Dehradun, Naithani said there was nothing wrong in Rawat's move to launch ‘Bhajan Kirtan’ to raise the issues concerning Haridwar residents.
“Being Haridwar MP and Union minister, it is the duty of Harish Rawat to raise the issues concerning the people of Haridwar. This clearly indicates his concern for the people of his area,” said Naithani.
When asked he is close to Satpal Maharaj, who is not happy with "pressure politics" of the Harish Rawat faction, Naithani said he was an Independent candidate so he could not give any statement on factionalism in the Congress.
“Politics is not only about groupism. An individual's attempts also need to be considered. The Congress had denied me party ticket despite being an active party activist. So working for the development of the state is my priority,” said Naithani

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