Telangana Assembly elections: South First-People’s Pulse exit poll got it right!

South First-Peoples Pulse Exit poll predicted a clear majority for the Congress with 62 to 72 seats in Telangana.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 03, 2023 | 5:44 PMUpdatedDec 03, 2023 | 11:07 PM

The Congress is way ahead in the electoral race, and is to form its government in Telangana. (X)

On 30 November, when Telangana voted for its next government, the South First-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll had predicted a clear majority for the Congress in the Telugu state.

On 3 December, as the trends trickled in, the results were in line with predictions made by the South First-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll that had predicted a majority for the Congress in the 62 to 72 seat range.

We got it right!

At 5 pm on 3 December, according to the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) website, the Congress had already won 18 seats with firm leads in 45 more seats, taking its total number to 63.

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The South FirstPeoples Pulse exit Poll predicted the BRS could win between 35 and 46 seats — almost half the number of seats it had won in the 2018 Assembly election. At 5 pm on Sunday, according to the ECI website, the BRS had already won 10 seats and was leading in 30 other seats, taking its total to 40 seats.

The BJP was predicted to win between three and eight seats, indicating it may perform better than anticipated. At 5 pm on Sunday, the BJP had already won Armur and was leading in seven other seats.

The AIMIM was predicted to win six to seven seats, which is par for the course as far as the party is concerned. On Sunday, it had won two seats by 5 pm and was leading in five others.

Other parties, including independents, were predicted to win one or two seats. The CPI was leading in one seat — Kothagudem. The CPI contested in alliance with the Congress.