MP roads beat US: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing the Indian diaspora in US

On a visit to the US, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday told a meeting that he felt the roads back home in Madhya Pradesh were a lot better than those in the US.

"Because in Madhya Pradesh when you travel on the road you feel you're traveling by a Helicopter" ~ Shavraj Singh Chauhan.

"A few years back, Madhya Pradesh was termed 'BIMARU.' When I became the CM 12 years back, I believed that without basic infrastructure, no state can develop". Our first focus was on building roads.

Sure enough, the claim raised eyebrows and Twitterati rose to the occasion with a flood of sarcastic responses.

Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh in November 2018. While many of her cabinet colleagues had grinned, chief minister Chouhan had not been amused. The Chief Minister has met several business leaders in the U.S. and urged them to invest in his state. "If our growth in agriculture is in double digit, so should farmers' income", Chouhan said. Talking about the relationship between India and USA, Chouhan said that it is the golden age for the relationship between the two countries.

Chouhan is also scheduled to meet representatives from companies like Amazon and Goldman Sachs, and others, to seek investments for Madhya Pradesh.

The ruling BJP tried hard to counter the hard criticism of the CM from various quarters on the social media by releasing a data of roads constructed in MP during the tenure of Congress government between 1993 and 2003 and during the tenure of present BJP CM in the state. "State's 22 cities found place in top 100 cities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission", the Chief Minister said, adding, "we are also investing heavily in providing drinking water in 53000 villages of the state". In New York, he will address a meeting of "Friends of MP" at the Indian Consulate on October 26.

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