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Of four exit polls and one post poll done for Delhi, the one that came closest to getting the numbers and order of winners right was Chanakya's poll. It predicted 29 seats (plus minus nine) for the BJP, AAP 31 (plus minus nine) seats and Congress 10 (plus minus five) seats. The post poll done by CSDS/CNN IBN/Week got the order of winners right, as also the results for the BJP and Congress. It gave AAP less seats than it won but predicted a great debut for the party. Three others thought the Congress would get 20 or more seats and were badly off the mark.
A reader wonders why newspapers and tv channels which depend on the Election Commission, throughout the counting day had varying figures for leads and wins at any give point. Such as, at 2 pm, when the EC said AAP had won 5 and was leading in 23, NitiCentral had the same figures, but Indian Express and Pioneer websites were saying won 8, leading 21.
As freebies go this is not quite the allout freebie hacks prefer. But even so members of the Mumbai Press Club and their families are getting a day trip to the Adlabs Imagica theme park next Sunday, where the passes will be free, but food vouchers and the seats in the AC buses will have to be paid for. Total cost, Rs 700 per person. The circular announcing this hypes up what the park has to offer. And will the park get a good press in return?
People in the Northeast can be forgiven for wondering if they belong to this country. Because Mizoram was not deemed important enough electorally to merit an exit poll (even as it recorded the highest voter turnout) it did not even get mentioned on TV on Dec 4 as a state going to the polls. And the Times of India writes this morning, "...no exit polls were available for this small northeastern state, its outcome in any case can have little impact on 2014."