Today's Chanakya, a public opinion polling company, on Sunday apologised for wrongly predicting the Bihar election results. Chanakya created quite a stir when they predicted 155 seats for NDA against 83 for the grand alliance of RJD and JD(U) even as all major exit polls either foretold a neck and neck fight between the two or gave the alliance a slight edge.
The Times Now-CVoter poll predicted 111 seats for the BJP alliance and 122 for Mahagathbandhan.
On Sunday as the trends started to come in, it became amply clear that Today's Chanakya's prediction was entirely off the mark. They were forced to send out this tweet.
We sincerely apologise all our friends & well wishers for not able to predict Bihar.
Congratulations to the winning alliance.
— Today's Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) November 8, 2015
By 10 AM on Sunday it was clear that the grand alliance of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was about to score a thumping majority over the NDA. The alliance, which comprises the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, joined hands to fight the election to the 243-member Bihar assembly in five phases between 10 October and 5 November.
However, the apology notwithstanding, the pollster became the butt of cruel Twitter humour and started to trend.
— Sumit. (@sirpunch_) November 8, 2015
— Bodhisattva Sen Roy (@insenroy) November 8, 2015
Pic 1: Yesterday's Chanakya
Pic 2: Today's Chanakya pic.twitter.com/7yGBe34KFz
— oculus (@daddy_san) November 8, 2015
Fire crackers in two places today:
2. Today's Chanakya office.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) November 8, 2015
Before election: It's BJP vs Mahagathbandhan
— Vimal Sagar Tiwari (@SagarVimal) November 5, 2015
Some ppl who assume they are today's Chanakya will be intolerably angry at @TodaysChanakya
— Partha Ghosh (@heyyparth) November 5, 2015
But they had support too.
@TodaysChanakya not ur mistake..u did ur best..sometimes u win some sometimes u lose some.. No question on ur integrity
— MI (@mkk3601) November 8, 2015
@TodaysChanakya people criticize u 4 MH, Haryana & Jharkhand predictions. But they 4get that you correctly predicted the winners even there.
— Anand A (@Ami_Ana) November 8, 2015
Ah well, as Ravi Shastri would say, "As the day progresses, it's only going to get hotter!"
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