Two polls predicted that the NDA would fall short of a majority: NewsX-Neta (242) and ABP News-Nielsen (267).
Most of the polls suggested that the Congress, which had registered its worst performance in 2014 with 44 seats, would fall below the 100 mark, with News18-IPSOS projecting only 46 seats for the party.
With various forecasts for the Lok Sabha election results out, which ones are more reliable than others? A veteran analyst describes the various methods, challenges and shortcomings in conducting an exit poll.
The India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted a clear majority for the saffron party. The BJP is expected to register a victory on 38-40 Parliamentary seats. Congress, on the other hand, may gain only two seats.
While most exit polls project that the NDA will comfortably cross the magic mark of 272 seats to form the government, the projections widely vary with regard to the BJP’s performance in three key states — Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha — which account for 143 seats.
Unconvinced by the reply received from Uttar Pradesh DGP Karamvir Singh,the National Human Rights Commission has directed him to order an inquiry by an officer of the rank not below DIG,and belonging to a range other than Lucknow,into the police crackdown on Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow on March 9 this year and submit the report within two months.