Shivraj Singh Chouhan says 92% roads in Washington DC are in poor condition
The Madhya Pradesh chief minister stirred the hornet’s nest on social media after he landed at Washington DC on October 23 and said that roads in Madhya Pradesh were better than those in the USA.Updated: Oct 29, 2017 21:03 IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan continued to stick to his stand that the state’s roads are better than those in the United States.
On his return from the weeklong trip to the US, he quoted a survey report to say that 92% of roads in Washington DC were in poor condition.
Chouhan had stirred the hornet’s nest on social media after he landed at Washington DC on October 23 and said that roads in Madhya Pradesh were better than those in the USA.
He was trolled by Twitter users, who found his statement unusual and far from the truth, even though a section of users supported him.
When faced with questions from journalists on his return to Bhopal on Sunday evening, Chouhan said, “I went to the USA on an invitation of Indian Embassy over there to attend a programme on Pt Deendayal Upadhyay. I was there for branding of Madhya Pradesh too.”
“I didn’t talk of roads and lanes of Madhya Pradesh but good roads in Madhya Pradesh, like the one from Indore Airport (to the city) via super corridor,” he highlighted.
He said TRIP, a national transportation Research Group, had also reported that 92% of roads in Washington DC were in a poor condition.
Chouhan said he wasn’t discrediting the developments in the USA, but there were certain areas where India’s progress was better than that in the USA.
For instance, India had done a lot in the field of woman empowerment. There had been no female president in the USA whereas women had occupied the seats of the President and the Prime Minister both in India.
The chief minister also pointed out that 1.5 lakh kilometres of roads were constructed in Madhya Pradesh during the BJP rule. There were several roads which were in an excellent condition and even world class.
However, he said road construction was a continuous process and so, if roads are constructed, there would be damage to some roads too. “During the Congress regime prior to 2003, the roads were in a bad shape like Indore to Bhopal, Bhopal to Sagar etc.,” he added.
Chouhan was also critical of the US media, saying they were partial whereas Indian media was impartial in its approach.
First Published: Oct 29, 2017 20:57 IST