Video: Newly-elected CM Kamal Nath stokes controversy as he takes a dig on workers from Bihar, UP

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 18: The veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath has lodged an attack on immigrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In what can be his controversial statement, the CM has taken a dig at the migrant workers from UP and Bihar saying that people from these states come to MP and local people don't get jobs. Without mincing words the senior politician said employment for locals in his state is the top priority.While interacting with the media, Kamalnath 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. "Our schemes of providing incentives of investment will only be imposed after 70% people from Madhya Pradesh get employment. People from other states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh come here and local people don't get jobs. I have signed file for this," he said.Keeping in mind the forthcoming elections in these two Hindi heartlands, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is walking into a risky zone. This crucial because Congress has tasted victory after a long time in the three Hindi heartlands, namely, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

As soon as he was sworn-in as CM of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath's first order of business on Monday was to waive off farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh taken from nationalised and/or co-operative banks.And after this was the attack on the workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.Kamal Nath's remark on job-seekers from UP and Bihar is unlikely to go well with politicians from the two states - as has been previously seen in the case of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here too, migrant workers were targeted - either through force or through words, prompting political leaders from UP and Bihar to issue sharp rebuttals. In Gujarat, thousands of migrant workers from Bihar had to flee after being threatened with dire consequences. The matter was eventually brought under control by the state administration.As such, Kamal Nath may well find himself on a sticky wicket on the opening day of his new innings which began at an oath-taking ceremony in Bhopal. It was an event which was also attended by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav who had previously accused BJP and RSS of targetting migrants from UP and Bihar in Gujarat.

With Agencies