On June 3, the duo went door to door in Bageshwar with placards that read ” Netaon Ke Aisho Aaram Ke Liye Bheekh Do (Give alms to fund luxurious lifetsyle of ministers). Himanshu Garia, a 32-year-old resident of the city, said, “At first we were shocked to see these two with posters like these. But the message they carried was enlightening. With scams like NH 74 being exposed day after day, it is evident that the state government is not serious about the public.”
Bhatt and Pande have been friends since 1976 and had participated in Chipko Movement and various anti-liquor protests. “It has been more than 16 years since the state of Uttarakhand came into existence. Successive governments did nothing for the common man,” said Bhatt.