Exit polls get Bihar results wrong. Will you ever trust them?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2015 14:16 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during his election rally at Phulwari Sharif in Patna. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)

The grand alliance of the JD(U), RJD and the Congress wronged all exit polls and were on Sunday declared as the winner of the shrill and bitterly fought Bihar assembly elections.

The exit polls had pointed at all possible outcomes for the elections which witnessed leaders of various political parties indulging in all kinds of mudslinging and war of words during 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 hung assembly with the BJP ahead.

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. But, now all of that has fallen flat.

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