While he may be praised for waiving off loans of the farmers, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath has provoked a controversy as well.
He had blamed “outsiders” from other states for taking away local jobs while proposing incentives for industries who employ men from the state itself.
The BJP has demanded that he apologise to migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“Lot of industries are set up in which people from other states, like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, come to work. I don’t want to criticise them, but the young people of Madhya Pradesh remain deprived,” Kamal Nath had said.
Kamal Nath said new garment parks would be set up to increase opportunities for young people and to create auxiliary jobs in hotels and packaging.
Reacting sharply to the statement, Union Minister Giriraj Kishore of the BJP said Kamal Nath should clarify what he meant and “Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar”.
Kamal Nath was sworn in as Madhya Pradesh chief minister yesterday after his Congress party ended the BJP’s 15-year-old rule last week.>