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Here is why Congress finds it convenient to paint UP and Bihar as burdens

Kamal Nath, who is now the CM of Madhya Pradesh is a thorough Congress loyalist. He used to amusingly show magic tricks to Rahul Gandhi earlier and in the more recent times, he had allegedly told RV Mani that several others are willing to drink Rahul Gandhi's urine.

If you thought the Congress leader who is now the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh allegedly leading a mob and setting Gurudwara Rakabganj on fire and killing of two Sikhs was a thing of past, you may want to think again. It has been 34 years since the carnage and if history is to bear witness, the Gandhis and their loyalists don’t take very kindly to those who either don’t vote for them or those who don’t show the same level of reverence to the political Czars as the others.

Soon after swearing in as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Nath announced that the scheme for providing incentives of investment will be imposed only after 70% of youth from Madhya Pradesh get employment.

“People from other states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh come here & local people don’t get jobs,” Nath said while addressing the media after taking the oath. If he were to stick to his words, he should give up his chair of chief minister since as someone born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, he is taking a job a local could’ve done.

Nath, born in Uttar Pradesh, studied in St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, West Bengal and having the business interest through wife Alka and sons Nakul and Bakul are spread across the country. They control companies across sectors like real estate, aviation, plantation and hospitality.

Kamal Nath, who is now the CM of Madhya Pradesh is a thorough Congress loyalist. Just like Ashok Gehlot who used to amusingly show magic tricks to Rahul Gandhi earlier. Kamal Nath the loyalist had allegedly told RV Mani that several others are willing to drink Rahul Gandhi’s urine. This was said in a bid to castigate Mani for now bowing to pressure in implicating Narendra Modi in the Hindu terror narrative. Kamal Nath, the eternal loyalist who is alleged to have played an active role in the 1984 pogrom where Sikhs were captured, burnt and murdered (all because Indira Gandhi’s assassin was a Sikh) has not turned his attention to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Born in Uttar Pradesh himself, he is not very happy about UP and Bihar “migrants” in Madhya Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have abandoned the Congress and especially, the Gandhis. There has not been a Congress CM in these two states since 1989. Kamal Nath, almost a Gandhi family heirloom is bound to be upset with the two states that the scions have been unable to shake even after their best efforts.

During the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, one recalls how Rahul Gandhi embraced Akhilesh Yadav and called himself a “UP ka ladka”. But BJP swept those polls and now, suddenly, Kamal Nath has no qualms calling UP and Bihar residents as ‘outsiders’.

In the end, it is evident that Congress and its loyalists have absolutely no qualms deriding an entire state and creating a divide as long as their electoral purposes are served.

And while Congress uses and throws every state, the regional players of UP and Bihar have been pandering to them one way or another for their own electoral gains.

In Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assembly elections, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party had not formed a pre-poll alliance with Congress. However, after the elections, both extended their support to Congress because their ultimate goal was to defeat the BJP. BSP chief Mayawati had said that in as many words.

In Uttar Pradesh now, it is emerging that SP, BSP and Congress are all set to fool the public again. There appears to be a concerted effort to indulge in shadow boxing so BSP can consolidate Dalit votes, SP can consolidate Yadav and Muslim votes and Congress can split the upper-caste votes of BJP.

We may outrage on social media, accusing Congress of dividing India on regional lines, the ‘Opposition’ is united, busy dividing India on caste lines. SP and BSP and RJD are much stronger on their own in UP and Bihar. Forging an alliance with Congress has cost them two states. In 2019 they are wiser. While rabble-rousers like Kamal Nath hit out at UP and Bihar, Congress and regional players are busy putting up a show to fool its public into voting for the ‘mahagathbandhan’ that will pretend to be divided but come together for a post-poll alliance after 2019 elections.

So while Kamal Nath plays the region card, Akhilesh and Mayawati ‘appear’ upset to appeal to their voters only to join hands with Congress after elections are over.

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Nirwa Mehta
Politically incorrect. Author, Flawed But Fabulous.

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