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vijay-bahugunaALLAHABAD: The Congress party welcomed Vijay Bahuguna on his first visit to the city on Wednesday after becoming Uttarakhand chief minister. The party had put up hoardings at main crossings to welcome Bahuguna, who shares a long association with the city.

"Though he started his political career from tehri parliamentary seat in Uttarakhand, he is firmly rooted in Allahabad where he was born and brought up and started his early career," said Congress leader Abhay Awasthi. He added, "For us Vijay Bhai (as Bahuguna is popularly known) is more an Allahabadi than an Uttarakhandi given his long association with the city. After he became the chief minister, we immediately sent him an invitation to visit the city which he gladly accepted."

Vijay Bahuguna, who is brother of UPCC chief Rita Joshi and AICC member Shekhar Bahuguna, did his schooling from St Joseph's College and graduation and LLB from Allahabad University.

He also played an instrumental role in introducing golf in the city and also won all championships which were organised during his playing days.

Bahuguna began his legal career in the Allahabad high court and was subsequently elevated as a judge. From here, he moved to Mumbai High court. The High Court Bar Association(HCBA) has also organised a function in his honour, said Shekhar Bahuguna.

Shekhar added: "Allahabad occupies special place for our family since our father Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna began his political journey as a student leader of Allahabad University during the freedom struggle on course to his long cherished place in the political firmament of the country".

Two VIPs in city today: The city is seeing two high profile visits on Tuesday and Wednesday. While Air Force chief NAK Browne began his two-visit on Tuesday, Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna will be on a daylong visit on Wednesday. Both Browne and Bahuguna have their roots in the city.

Congress leaders Shyam Krishna Pandey, Jitendra Nath Singh, Kishore Varshney, Jawed Urfi,Vijay Bahadur Singh and Yashvir Yadav have urged the public to accord a rousing welcome to Bahuguna.

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