With the exit polls pointing at all possible outcomes for the bitterly-contested Bihar elections, the fight on Twitter mirrored the war of words that was witnessed among leaders of various political parties in the last two months.
Three exit polls -- NewsX-CNX, ABP-Nielsen and News Nation -- predicted chief minister Nitish Kumar could get a majority by a slender margin. Times Now- C Voter said a photo finish was likely with an edge for the Kumar-led Grand Alliance. India Today-Cicero forecast a BJP lead in the exit poll.
Only News 24-Today’s Chanakya – which came closest to predicting the outcome of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections – said the BJP-led coalition was headed for a comfortable victory with 155 seats.
On Twitter, people fought with hastags like #ExitPoll, #BiharDumpsModi, #BJPGoToPakistan and #BJPStayInIndia. Some criticised the methodology of those who came up with the exit polls, others pronounced the exit polls to be partisan and yet others adopted a wait and watch policy.
Here are a few tweets that questioned the way various parties were declared winners or losers:
Some pointed out the cliffhanger that they had been led to:
Some even dismissed the outcomes predicted by various agencies and television channels.
Some turned stoic and spewed Shakespeare to diss them:
"Be these juggling fiends no more believed / That palter with in a double sense." Macbeth on the doublespeak of the witches. #ExitPolls— Vivek Sengupta (@vsengupta) November 5, 2015
Some were, as usual, utterly sarcastic:
cong must b happiest party tonight all #ExitPoll say they will touch 5 seats - great achievement— S.Ranganathan (@rangats) November 5, 2015
This war of words on the social media platform had an added flavour with those from across the border reacting to hashtags #BJPGoToPakistan.