Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2015

Bookies say NDA to easily cross target 122 seats in Bihar polls

Patna: Bookies believe that the NDA will easily cross the target of 122 seats in Bihar Assembly polls required to form the government.

Bookies are  of the view that a larger proportion of voters, particularly young people, may not go for the Grand Alliance due to its association with Lalu Prasad.

Bookies are of the view that a larger proportion of voters, particularly young people, may not go for the Grand Alliance due to its association with Lalu Prasad.

Latest figures from the satta market said that the NDA will get between 150-152 seats of the total 243. It predicted that the BJP, on its own, will not be able to reach the target of 122 seats as it has been given just 110-112 seats.

The satta market has given Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) 44-46 seats, while the RJD will be able to bag between 27-29 seats. The Congress will get between 8-10 seats.

Out of the 243 Assembly seats, the JD(U) and RJD are both fighting on 100 seats each.

Going by their calculations on the prevailing mood and ground situation, bookies seem to be sure that the BJP projecting PM Narendra Modi as the main face in the state will work, and the party will succeed in hijacking the development agenda of CM Nitish Kumar.

They are also of the view that a larger proportion of voters, particularly young people, may not go for the Grand Alliance due to its association with Lalu Prasad.

Mail Today’s correspondent visited Daldali road, a wholesale market in Central Patna, to talk to some bookies.

“Our prediction is based upon the analysis of ground reports. Bookies believe that Nitish joining hands with Lalu might backfire and they will not be able to reach the target of 122 seats to form the government in Bihar,” one of the bookies said.

bookies in Patna revealed that their partners are scattered in cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Patna, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai and other cities, but they operate under four-five big players.

A Patna-based businessman said that he and his friends are putting lot of money into satta through the bookies. The businessman said that these big players have their networks in big cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Surat.

“People know each other in this business. Smalltime players always operate under their bosses and these bosses know each other. Even if they shift their base, they are always in touch with each other through internet or mobile phones. To avoid police, we keep changing our contact numbers very often,” he added.

bookies are offering 80 paise for the 150-152 seats for the NDA. Similarly, they are offering Rs 1.20 for the Grand Alliance forming the government. It means that if one puts Rs 1 lakh on NDA getting between the given numbers, he would get Rs 80,000.

It’s not that bookies get their prediction right every time. A bookie who runs a grains business in Patna said that many a times predictions fail. Last time in Delhi Assembly election, Aam Aadmi Party started with 20 seats and went up to 34 seats in the satta market.

However, Aam Aadmi Party ended up getting 67 seats way ahead of any prediction.

Inputs with Mail Today

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