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SP slams Kamal Nath for 70% jobs to locals

LUCKNOW: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath's order making it obligatory for industries in the state to hire locals on 70% of jobs, thereby restricting scope for people from different Hindi heartland states, caused mixed reactions from political parties in Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party attacked the MP government for the transfer and demanded a rollback of the order pronouncing that Congress celebration had itself condemned identical demands of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and BJP in Gujarat previously.

"Our country follows the principle of one nation one citizen and no one can be discriminated on grounds of their native place. Congress party itself opposed Shiv Sena's demands of no jobs to people from UP in Maharashtra and a similar move by BJP in Gujarat,. They must immediately recall the decision," stated SP MLC and celebration spokesperson Udaiveer Singh. BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi stated, "It is not wrong to work in interest of domiciles but Congress government must ensure that country's federal structure is not compromised. The well-being of one should not deprive another citizen's right to live and work in any part of the country."

UP Congress president Raj Babbar parried the question through pronouncing, "It is a policy to promote locals. The intention of government is good."

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