"When the tragedy happened the officers who work here and put in their blood and sweat, I don't want to say anything but then the media portrayed a bit negatively about them. You people said no work is being done. After the tragedy officers, army, police personnel, workers all have done a good job. The roads have been built well, arrangements are good," he said,.
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Describing the arrangements for the Kedarnath yatra as "full-fledged", he said the yatra is safe and the pilgrims should take full advantage of it.

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Earlier this morning, Gandhi along with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and the party's state unit chief Ambika Soni reached Kedarnath as the doors of the shrine were opened to the devotees amid elaborate rituals.

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Former Union minister Jitin Prasad and a number of ministers of the state Cabinet were also present during the occasion, he said.

Gandhi and other Congress leaders had yesterday embarked on the 10 km long trek to Lincholi where they stopped for the night. They then underook a 6 km trek to reach Kedarnath.
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On Tuesday, the doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrine were thrown open to pilgrims, while the doors of Badrinath Temple, the other shrine of the Char Dham Yatra, would be opened on April 26.

The idol had reached Kedarnath from its winter seat of Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath last evening.

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