Exit Polls throw a confusing picture

Exit Polls throw a confusing picture

Following the overwelming exercise of month-long Assembly polls across five states, the exit poll forecasts on Thursday threw up varied results. While VMR, MRC, Axis and Today’s Chanakya forecasted a saffron surge in the high-stake Uttar Pradesh elections, exit polls conducted by Lokniti and C-Voter indicated a hung Assembly, predicting that the BJP and SP-Congress alliance is going to be neck and neck in the race. 

Almost all exit polls were, however, unanimous in predicting an entire rout of BSP supreme Mayawati in UP and the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab. Together with the spectre of a hung Assembly looming large, SP chief and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav took the initial step in suggesting an alliance with his party’s arch rival.