Hyderabad, Sept 10: With rebel Congress leader and YSR Congress Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's journey to jail becoming imminent, bookies are having a field day betting on the time of his arrest. The betting mafia are involved in the act running into crores especially those from Jagan's home turf, Kadapa district.
Sources claim that the betting is rife in places like Proddatur, parts of Kadapa town, Pulivendula, Jammalamadugu and Rayachoti. Betters are believed to have placed their money for different time frames of Jagan's possible arrest. This will mean that the betting rate, if Jagan is arrested this week, will be different from that of when he is arrested in three weeks.
Sources have commented, "The rate fixed for Jagan's arrest in one month's time is much higher than the rate fixed for the arrest in next two months." An analyst commented, "Some contractors who had benefited during YSR's regime are flush with money and they don't mind throwing a few lakhs on betting. More so, if the betting is about Jagan's arrest in the disproportionate assets case."
With the betting mafia enjoying major clout in the Proddatur, a commercial hub, an advocate has been quoted as saying, "a group of persons were betting on whether it would rain in Kadapa or not when it was pouring in Proddatur the other day. Betting has become a culture in Proddatur. It's no surprise that the betting on Jagan's arrest has run into crores."
With voices for and against the politician-millionaire Jagan, it is no news that he employed unfair means and misused his father's name for benefits. With his arrest most likely to kickstart violence in certain parts of the state, police are playing the wait and watch game.