Exit poll results: They contradict each other; leave all 'confused'

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New Delhi, March 10: Just hours before the 'actual' results of the assembly elections in five states--Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab--are to be declared on Saturday, a 'Tsunami' of multiple exit poll results 'flooded' our television screens on Thursday.

A close look at the exit poll results make one thing very clear--they all differ with each other and they confuse us further, as political parties fight tightly contested elections in these five states, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

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While in the past we have seen how exit poll results have 'massively' failed in their predictions, this time also we can say one thing for sure--at least one of these results will be proven right on the D-Day--March 11.

The two outcomes on which all pollsters agree with are--the Bharatiya Janata Party getting the maximum seats in UP and the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance in Punjab is likely to be completely wiped out from Punjab.

Looking at the high-stake UP exit poll results--all of them predicted that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party, but two gave the party a complete sweep to form the next government in the state.

HuffPost-CVoter, MRC-NewsX and Lokniti-ABP all gave the BJP fewer than 200 seats in UP, while Times Now-VMR gave the party between 190-210 seats. However, Today's Chanakya and India Today - Axis My India gave the party a massive majority. In UP, a party needs 202 seats to form the government.

As far as the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab is concerned, all exit poll results presented a very grim picture. None of the results have given the alliance more than nine seats. The pollsters are divided between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party as the winner in the state. While the HuffPost-CVoter gives the AAP an edge in terms of seats in Punjab, the India Today-Axis My India declares the Congress to win the assembly polls in the state.

Going by the exit poll results, the BJP is likely to come to power in Uttarakhand. But, the HuffPost-CVoter has predicted a tie between the ruling Congress and the BJP in the state.

While most poll experts say, the BJP is likely to get maximum number of seats in Goa, but none predict the saffron party to sweep the elections in the state.

Coming to Manipur, the HuffPost-CVoter poll gives a resurgent BJP the edge, while the India Today-Axis My India poll gives the state comfortably back to the Congress to form the government in the state for the fourth time in a row.

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