Mumbai: Despite the BJP’s claim of a Narendra Modi wave, Congress-NCP candidates are the favourites for the city’s bookies. Of Mumbai’s six parliamentary seats, bookies see the UPA’s nominees grabbing three to four.
Police sources said election-related betting is in full swing. In Mumbai South, Congress candidate Milind Deora is the favorite of punters. “If he wins, those placing bets on the Congress stalwart will get 20 paise on every rupee,” said a police source.
In Mumbai North West, the Congress’s Gurudas Kamat is the favourite, with odds of 30 paise for every rupee. “In Mumbai North Central, voters are not happy with Congress MP Priya Dutt. She also lacks support from three MLAs and their supporters. But she is the bookies’ favorite and can win,” said a source. Dutt’s odds are 40 paise.
For Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale in Mumbai South Central, the bookies have offered 45 paise per rupee. In Mumbai North East, the BJP’s Kirit Somaiya is the favourite with odds of 32 paise to a rupee.