08/11/2015 3:27 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Bihar Polls 2015: Pollsters Today's Chanakya Apologises For Wrongly Predicting Bihar Results

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Indian Janta Dal United activists and supporters celebrate after a victory by an alliance, led by their party, in New Delhi on November 8, 2015, in the Bihar state assembly elections. Narendra Modi conceded defeat November 8 in a key election in Bihar, one of India's poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign. Modi's Hindu nationalist party was leading in only 58 seats in the 243-seat state assembly compared to 160 for a coalition of rival regional parties, as vote counting continued. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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.

But they had support too.

Ah well, as Ravi Shastri would say, "As the day progresses, it's only going to get hotter!"

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