The exit polls had predicted a majority for the BJP-led NDA.
The pollsters expected the Congress-led alliance to win 142 seats, and felt the NDA
could get 321. However, the market response to this prediction was lukewarm, as the Sensex
slipped 1 per cent following the exit polls. The exit polls were right in predicting the NDA
would emerge the largest block. It managed to garner a tally of 296 seats but fell short of the 300-mark. After the results, the Sensex
jumped nearly 6%.
Most exit polls predicted another term for the National Democratic Alliance. They forecasted the NDA to get 260 seats and the Congress-led UPA to pick up 181 seats. However, the actual results were a complete contrast to the exit polls. The UPA ended up with 222 seats, while the NDA got 189 seats. In a knee-jerk reaction, the Sensex
declined over 5 per cent intra-day. Later, it managed to recoup losses to end flat.
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The prospect of a hung Parliament had put investors on the tenterhooks. Exit polls pegged the NDA to get 185 seats and the UPA to get slightly above 198. The markets
had reacted negatively to the exit polls, with the Sensex declining 1.22 per cent the next day. However, all those traders who had bet on the exit polls were in for a major surprise. The UPA got a stronger mandate as they won 262 seats. The markets
turned euphoric with the Sensex getting locked at upper circuit, gaining 17 per cent — its biggest single-day gain to date .
The exit polls were able to rightly predict a strong majority for the NDA. While the markets were already pricing in a Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, the Sensex posted 1.36 per cent single-day gain after the exit polls. The final results showed that the NDA had raked in more than what the polls expected. The NDA got 336 seats, while the UPA fell short of getting even 100 seats. Following the results, the markets posted gained almost 1 per cent, as the market had partially factored in Modi’s win.
The benchmark indices have posted one of their biggest post-exit-poll gain buoyed by prediction that Modi government will retain power. The final results are due on Thursday. Experts caution that the markets will
be volatile in the days ahead and advise investor to ‘wait and watch’. They say that if exit polls are right, the markets could consolidate its gains. But, if they are off the mark, a sharp correction could be on the cards.
* Average seats predicted | Source:
Compiled by BS Research Bureau, MOFSL report for previous polls/outcome; Sensex movement used for market reaction