Who is Today's Chanakya that they got these elections just right?

DC
Published May 17, 2014, 4:23 am IST
Updated Apr 1, 2019, 7:42 am IST
Political arm of consumer research agency RNB Research got Delhi elections right too
BJP's Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)
 BJP's Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Today's Chanakya has been spot on for the second time with the 16th Lok Sabha elections having predicted 340 seats for NDA and 291 for the BJP.

They have been spot on!

 

The political arm of the consumer research agency RNB Research, Today's Chanakya predictions have come true, barely five months after prophetic psephology during the Delhi election last December.

These elections they predicted the National Democratic Alliance would 340 seats and the BJP's share would be 291.

On Friday, the NDA is slated to get 329 seats with the BJP crossing the half way mark with 279 seats. Today's Chanakya predicted 70 for UPA and 57 for the Congress.

"We have been correct about 99% times," said V K Bajaj, chief executive officer of the company specialising in sample surveys. "We believe in quality of the samples and not just quantity."

 

A company spokesperson told media they ensure sampling of polls is done as per caste and religious configuration of a constituency. "We check and re-check the sample size to ensure that most parts of a constituency are covered. No community that can impact poll result is left out and we use multiple question methods to catch the voter's preference," the spokesperson told the media.

In December 2013, when most exit polls said Arvind Kejriwal was a media creation without much impact on voters, Today's Chanakya gave him 31 seats and the BJP 29. AAP got 28 seats and the BJP 32.

 

In 2014, Today's Chanakya gave BJP a decisive edge in the Congress-ruled Karnataka hinting at a revival of B S Veddyruppa. All other exit polls predicted it would be a close contest between the two parties. Similarly, they predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Its prediction of the seats won by different parties in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal also came true.

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