Kopargaon, Jan 2: Amid tensions across the country over demands for new states, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has spoken in favour of craving out smaller states.
Justifying the demand for a separate Vidarbha, Chauhan said creation of smaller states would make way for their overall development.
He also recalled that former BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at Centre had played a crucial role in carving out Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh.
The chief minister, who said this while visiting a temple with family to seek blessings on the occasion of New Year on Friday, Jan 1, also gave his opinion on Gujarat Government's initiative to make voting mandatory in local body elections.
While agreeing that the decision was right, Chauhan pointed out that there was a need to create public awareness about voting so that people will come out and exercise their franchise.