Ram Sethu not an election issue: Chouhan

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Gwalior, Sep 16 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said 'Ram Sethu' is not an election issue but a matter connected with Hindu beliefs.

Talking to reporters at airport here, Mr Chouhan said the Centre was obtaining information about Muslims in Army through the Sachar Committee report but simultaneously hurt feelings of Hindus. This proved that the country was being divided in the name of religion.

On Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia's statement regarding bringing several central schemes in the state, Mr Chouhan said it was his misunderstanding. All those schemes had been envisaged and implemented during the regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Regarding strike by junior doctors in Gwalior, he said a meeting had been called in Bhopal on September 17.

He said several steps had been taken for improving health services. He admitted dearth of MBBS doctors in the state and said doctors would be hired from outside state.

Replying to a question on Health Director Yogiraj Sharma, Mr Chouhan said action would be taken against those found guilty. He rejected demand for Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi's resignation by some people saying that medicines were being purchased as per given policy.

On allegation by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh regarding poor quality seeds being distributed to farmers, he said seeds for distribution came from the Centre and hence it was their responsibility.

Expressing concern over situation of drought due to less rainfall, he said directions had been issued for starting relief work in drought-affected Gwalior, Rewa and Sagar.

He said the government was serious over drinking water problem and shortage of funds would not be allowed to come in the way for tackling the problem.


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