New Delhi: Soon after taking charge of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Kamal Nath sparked controversy by commenting on the migrants of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His comment has received flak from the BJP, SP, and RJD for declaring that only those Madhya Pradesh industries can avail incentives that employ 70 per cent locals. He even claimed that Bihar and Uttar Pradesh migrants deprived local youth of employment opportunities.Also Read - Fetus Found Inside Stomach Of 40-Day-Old Child In Bihar. Check All About The Rare Medical Condition ‘Fetus in Fetu’

Reacting sharply on the comment, Akhilesh Yadav said, “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 government at center?” Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 97 Children Fall ill After Having 'Pani Puri' in Mandla District

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Taking strong umbrage to Kamal Nath’s assertions, BJP national General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya accused the Congress of playing divisive politics.

“Kamal Nath was born in Uttar Pradesh and it doesn’t suit him to speak against people of the state where he was born. It is unfortunate that the Congress is indulging in divisive politics seeking to pit one region against the other,” said Vijayvargiya.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh also demanded Kamal Nath’s and Gandhi’s apology.  “I want to ask the Congress whether they believe in federalism or not, Both Kamal Nath and Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the nation particularly to the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for this,” said Singh.

RJD leader Manoj Jha was also critical of the Chief Minister. “If what Kamal Nath said is true then the remarks are very unfortunate. Such things destroy the very idea of India and reflect a narrow political mindset. I would urge the Congress leaders to refrain from saying such things,” said the RJD spokesperson.

Addressing the media after taking over as the Chief Minister, Kamal Nath had said, “The incentives that we give, can be availed by the industries only when the 70 per cent of the employment is local, from Madhya Pradesh.

“There are many industries where people from others states are employed, from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh… I am not criticising them but our youth from Madhya Pradesh are denied jobs.

“So industries which employ 70 per cent local youth will only be able to avail the incentives,” he had said on Monday.

However, Congress President Rahul Gandhi declined to comment on the issue saying he was “unaware” of the issue, the Centre’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gunned for him and Kamal Nath, accusing the Congress of indulging in “divisive politics”.