Berhampur: With barely a day left for the announcement of 2019 twin poll results, unlawful betting market has picked up steam in Southern Odisha township of Berhampur.
For the Berhampur residents, betting or gambling is a popular pastime. It’s during festive season from Dussehra to Diwali, betting usually picks up though it’s an illegal activity. The bookies have spread their betting network to cash in on people’s excitement and speculation on poll results.
Aware of poll-result-related gambling activities, police have stepped up vigil to nab the operators. However law-enforcing agencies have so far drawn blank in nabbing the offenders.
The bets are being placed on poll outcome ranging from- who will form the government at the centre and State?, victorious candidates in Lok Sabha and assembly seats. Majority of bets are on BJP and BJD and their candidates. Those indulged in betting on Congress victory are on the lower sides. Stakes are high in betting on Congress, but the return will be manifold, according to bookies.