Congress dubs BJP as anti-slum, BJP flaunts ordinance to woo votersAhead of the crucial urban local body (ULB) election, the slums have become the fulcrum of the poll pitches of all the contesting parties, given the slum dwellers’ numerical strength. The leaders are busy dishing out promises in desperate bid to outsmart one another to woo the voters there. The slum dwellers in the state have been playing a major role in making or marring the chances of candidates in the ULB polls. Apart from being politically sensitive, the voters from the slums are known to exercise their franchise in a large number. Aware of the electoral might they possess, both the Congress and the BJP are now pulling out all the stops to endear themselves with the voters. Interestingly, leaders of both the parties are rolling out promises that once elected, they would give ownership rights to them. While the Congress leaders are pointing accusing fingers at the BJP government, saying that it is out to raze down the slums those of the saffron camp are trying to hammer home the point that their government has prevented the slums from being demolished through the ordinance brought into force. Former Rajpur Road MLA and ex-chairman of the state slum settlement development committee Rajkumar said that the residents of the slums are impatiently waiting for the elections to make the BJP kiss the dust. Questioning the requirement for bringing in the ordinance by the BJP government, the Congress leader claimed that the government has failed to present the guidelines for regularisation of the slums framed during the Congress government in the court.
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