Bhopal, Oct 29: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that the condition of roads of Washington DC are not in a good state. “Not just me, studies say that 92% roads of Washington DC are not in good condition,” he said. Notably, he was in New York for a week with an objective to attract investors to Madhya Pradesh.

As per a report in NDTV, Chouhan explained the reason behind his statement and said that his remarks should be seen in context that it is his responsibility to market Madhya Pradesh. “I had gone (to US) for branding of Madhya Pradesh, discussed good roads of the state there,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Speaking further, the Chief Minister re-emphasized on the fact that some of the roads in Madhya Pradesh are actually very good. He also blamed the Congress for policising the issue. “It is sad that Congress politicised even this, they sent pictures of bad roads to President demanding action against me,” he said.

Chouhan, who was earlier trolled for citing Madhya Pradesh’s roads better than that of Washington DC, said that the state government would definitely work to improve the bad roads.

The CM also praised the Indian media. He said: “Our media is better than theirs (US), they are partial but our media is impartial.”

Few days back, Chouhan who was on a six-day visit to the US, got roasted for claiming that roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than United States.

While addressing the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting, Chouhan said, “When I got down at the Washington Airport and travelled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States.”

Many people ridiculed the Chief Minister’s statement by posting pictures of pot-holed roads of the state on social media.

The Congress party even declared a reward of Rs. 5,100 to anyone who will show a single road across MP that is built on US standards.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter to criticize Chouhan and said: “Someone please help him open his eyes. Mr Chouhan please open your eyes and see the reality.

(Inputs from ANI)