Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said there is nothing more important than the nation, and anyone raising anti -India slogans cannot be tolerated at any cost. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader was in Mumbai to market his state as the most preferred investment destination during the showpiece ‘Make in India’ week.
“There is nothing that is more important than the country. It is important that all people who live in India have patriotism in their hearts. This India gives us everything – food, water, education, security. While living in this country if someone indulges in sloganeering against the country, it cannot be tolerated at any cost,” said Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
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Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of the ‘Make in India’ week in Mumbai, Chouhan also dismissed the possibility of recent concerns about rising intolerance having any impact on investments.
“Overall in India, there is no intolerance. Everyone lives in unity. It is a peaceful nation. Tolerance is India’s greatest virtue,” the chief minister said, adding, “Choti moti problems toh duniya ki har des mein hoti hai (Every country in the world has such small problems).”
Over the past few months, there has been growing criticism about ‘rising intolerance’ with many writers returning their awards. The government has come under flak after the recent arrest of the JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition, following an incident where students allegedly raised anti-India slogans at an event to mark Afzal Guru’s death anniversary.
Several, Opposition party politicians and legal luminaries have criticised the government’s handling of the issue.
The chief minister showcased several initiatives that Madhya Pradesh has taken to facilitate speedy investment in the state such as putting the land allotment process online, and introducing changes in labour laws.
“We have 25,000 hectares of land available. Wherever you want land, you will get it without any problems. There is no labour unrest and no man-days of production are lost. We also have enough power available at comparatively cheaper rates,” Chauhan said, adding that Madhya Pradesh is also ramping up its solar energy capacity to 5,000 megawatt by 2020.