BJP, SP slam Kamal Nath for saying UP and Bihar people take away locals' jobs

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 18, 2018, 04.22 PM(IST)

File photo: Kamal Nath Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Nath on Monday told reporters that his government will give incentives to industries that give 70 per cent of their jobs to those from his state and added that people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh get employment in Madhya Pradesh at the cost of the local population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday called Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's comment on jobs given to people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as "divisive."

Nath, shortly after taking oath as the chief minister on Monday, stated that  "people from other states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh come here and local people don't get jobs."

Criticising Nath, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he appeared to be unaware of existing rules that prioritise jobs for the native population.

"He has also been a Union minister. He should be aware of these rules. What he is talking about is already in place... By making such a claim, he is misleading people," the BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh told reporters.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also reacted to Nath's statement stating that it is wrong for other states to question why people from North India take up jobs there. 

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"It's wrong, often you get to hear the same from Maharashtra. Why have North Indians come here? Why have they taken up jobs here? Same from Delhi & now from MP as well. What if North Indians decide who'll form govt at centre?" he said.

Nath on Monday told reporters that his government will give incentives to industries that give 70 per cent of their jobs to those from his state and added that people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh get employment in Madhya Pradesh at the cost of the local population.

The veteran politician also said that waiving off farm loans was a promise made before MP elections and he has fulfilled it. He then said employment was another promise made and he will strive to provide people of Madhya Pradesh with jobs.

(With inputs from agencies