New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is presently on a visit to the US, has said that roads in his home state are better than those in America.
"When I took the road route after landing at the airport in Washington then I felt that the roads in Madhya Pradesh are far better than those in America," he said in a tweet which went viral on social media.
Chouhan is participating in various programmes in the US during his visit.
The Chief Minister, who threw light on the policies aimed at promoting tourism in Madhya Pradesh, also invited investors to his state.
He also spoke about the philosophy of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay at an event organised on Tuesday by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) and the Indian Embassy at Russel Senate Caucus Room in Washington DC.
Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu member of the US Congress elected from Hawaii, met Chouhan in Washington during which the two held discussions on a range of issues.
Gabbard during the discussion said that public service is the biggest religion in political life. The Chief Minister on his part briefed her about the rapid development in Madhya Pradesh.
The United States' road network exceeds 65.8 lakh km, the world's longest and biggest road network.
It is not clear which road in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh's longest-serving Chief Minister had in mind when he made the statement.
His government has been frequently criticised for the potholed roads in the state capital as well as in other parts of the state.
In August this year, Mr Chouhan's cabinet colleague in-charge of roads Rampal Singh suggested it was a deliberate strategy.
"The potholes are a reminder of the condition of roads under Congress rule," Mr Singh, the public works minister told NDTV in August this year.
The BJP's state president Nandkumar Chouhan had agreed with the strategy. "How else would the younger generation know what Congress rule was like," he said. The BJP has been governing the state for the last 12 years.
Last year, the opposition Aam Aadmi Party started a campaign to plant saplings in potholes and name them after the ruling party politicians to draw the government's attention.
Incidentally, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari often talks of emulating the United States' philosophy underlining its heavy investments in road infrastructure.