"I salute Bahuguna for doing a splendid job during the unprecedented crisis. It was not an ordinary calamity. Rowing the boat in the midst of a tornado is very difficult and that is exactly what Bahuguna did during the tragedy," Rawat said.

Thousands of his supporters from different parts of the state, especially from Almora, Nainital and Pithoragarh districts of Kumaon region to which he belongs, converged at the Parade Ground braving the winter chill to listen to him.

Spelling out his priorities, the new Chief Minister said bringing the state out of the travails of the mid-June disaster and carrying forward the good work done by the Bahuguna government was his foremost responsibility.

Bahuguna, Congress MPs Satpal Maharaj and Pradeep Tamta were among those who shared the dais with Rawat.

(Agencies)

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