Today's Chankaya which had acquired reputation for its to-the-mark prediction, especially in the last Lok Sabha polls and the Delhi Assembly elections in 2013, came out with a profuse apology for its prediction of 155 seats for the BJP-led NDA.

The NDTV also apologised for the error in its forecast as well as the early trends and blamed it on incorrect data.

With channels showing different trends, there was quite an uproar on social networking site Twitter. Finally many stuck to the figures released by the Election Commission of India or by Doordarshan till the picture became clear.

An exit poll on NDTV channel gave 120 to 130 seats for the NDA and 105 to 115 to rival JD(U)-led Grand Alliance.

Polls on Times Now in association with C-Voter had predicted 122 seats in a house of 243 to the Grand Alliance while News X predicted 130 to 140 seats for it. The two channels gave the BJP-led alliance 111 and 90 to 100 seats respectively.

India Today-Cicero poll predicted 113 to 127 seats for the NDA comprising BJP, LJP, HAM (Secular) and RLSP and 111 to 123 for the JDU-led alliance while Hindi channel India TV forecast 112 to 132 seats for the JD-U led alliance and 101 to 121 for the NDA.

However, at the end, it turned out to be a different picture, with the Nitish-led 'grand alliance' bagging 166 seats and leading in 12 others, something no exit poll had predicted. The NDA managed to win or lead in only 58 of the 243 seats.

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