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Exit polls off the mark

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Published : Dec 19, 2017, 4:14 am IST
Updated : Dec 19, 2017, 7:19 am IST

The BJP is poised to win 99 seats in Gujarat, which is seven more than the 92 needs to form government in the 182-member Assembly.

BJP workers celebrate with cut-outs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday after the party's victory in the Assembly elections in Gujarat on Himachal Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)
 BJP workers celebrate with cut-outs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday after the party's victory in the Assembly elections in Gujarat on Himachal Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Though most exit polls proved to be right in giving a clear victory to the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, all of them proved to be way off the mark when it came to accurate prediction of the number of seats.

The BJP is poised to win 99 seats in Gujarat, which is seven more than the 92 t needs to form government in the 182-member Assembly. It has also got 44 of the 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh.

 

The Congress, led by its new president Rahul Gandhi, defied most exit polls and other predictions to improve its tally in Gujarat from 61 to a possible 77.

In Gujarat, the exit polls predictions were: Today’s Chanakya-News 24 (BJP-135, congress 47), VDPA (BJP 142, Congress-37), CSDS-ABP (BJP-117, Congress- 64).

Others gave a comfortable majority: Axis-India Today (BJP- 99-113, congress-66), VMR-Times Now (BJP-113, Congress-74), Republic TV (BJP-108, Congress-74), C-Voter-TV 9 (BJP-108, Congress 74), CNX-News X (BJP-110- 120, Congress-65- 75).

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According to the exit polls, the Congress wouldn’t be able to counter the Prime Minister’s charisma. That prediction proved to be incorrect as the final results proved to be a very close contest. In Himachal Pradesh also, though most exit polls were able to predict the winner, most of them missed the mark on total number of seats secured.

 

Today’s Chanakya predicted 55 seats for BJP and 13 for Congress, CSDS-ABP (BJP-38 and Congress- 29), Axis-India Today (BJP-47- 50, Congress-13- 20), VMR-Times Now (51-17), Republic TV (BJP-41, Congress-25), C Voter-Times Online (BJP-41, Congress 25) VDPA (BJP-56, Congress-10 and CNX-News X (BJP-46, Congress -21). Touted as the curtain raiser for the 2019 General Elections, the Assembly polls to the two states had seen a bitter campaign. The polls were also seen as a litmus test for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.

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