Bhubaneswar: Analysing the 2008 and 2014 elections it was found out that in both these years around 39.6 % and 45 % respectively in civic body polls 30% votes came from the slums.
Because of this reason both the BJD and BJP are trying to focus on this section of the electorate which comes under Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituency.
For wooing the slum dwellers, the BJD is making the use of the popularity and rapport of the former BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena. In this the Saffron party is also not lagging behind. It is taking the help of former IAS officer and BMC commissioner Aparajita Sarangi from the Bhuabneswar Lok Sabha seat as she has a good understanding of the problems of the slum areas.
It has been reported that, to attract the slum dwellers the BJP had launched the free lPG connection scheme in the slums.
Sources said that out of 10 lakh population in Bhubaneswar municipal area around 5.5 lakh live in slums among whom 2 lakh voters are present in 536 slums.
According to the retired professor of Political Science, Amareswar Mishra, the voting pattern in the slums had always played a key role in all the polls in the capital city. Thus this section can not be ignored.