MUMBAI: With just a day to go for the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections in Mumbai, odds in the city’s illegal betting market indicate a tough-and-go fight between the Shiv Sena and BJP, who are partners in the state government.
The city will vote on Tuesday, February 21 and the count will be taken up on February 23. The illegal betting market, called the satta bazaar, accepts bets on all the elections taking place in India presently, including elections to the Assemblies of five states, the Mumbai municipality, municipal and district legislatures in Maharashtra. Bets are also being placed on Mumbai’s voting from far-flung centres like Indore and Jaipur.
The present odds on Shiv Sena winning 65 or more seats in the BMC are 33 paise to the rupee and 36 paise to the rupee on the BJP. The odds on either party crossing 80-85 seats are Rs 4, the sources said. The satta bazar expects the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Congress to perform poorly. They odds on MNS winning 20 seats have been fixed at 67 paise while the odds on the Congress winning over 40 seats are Rs 5.
Though trends until now have favoured Shiv Sena to emerge as the single largest party in Mumbai, the odds have started tilting in favour of the BJP.