With the Congress-led UPA set to return to power, the prediction of the exit polls after the general elections seems to be more accurate this time unlike the 2004 Lok Sabha polls when they were way off the mark.
According to the exit polls projection of the NDTV channel, UPA was projected to emerge as the largest alliance in the Lok Sabha polls with 216 seats. The NDA was expected to get 177 seats.
The exit poll results of the 15th Lok Sabha were much on predicted lines compared to the 2004 parliamentary polls when the exit-poll favourite NDA which was able to secure only 187 seats against the projections of over 240 to 250 seats.
While the NDA's main rival Congress and its pre-poll allies got 216 seats against the projection ranging from 170 to 205 seats in last Lok Sabha projections.
However, this time the projections were more accurate and many channels gave edge to UPA which was coming to be true.
CNN-IBN gave UPA 185-205 seats while the BJP-led NDA was projected to secure 165 to 185 seats.
India TV channel gave the UPA nearly 195 seats. While it predicted 189 seats for NDA and the Third Front 113. 'Others' were projected to get 14 seats.
Headlines Today channel gave Congress and its allies 191 seats against 180 to BJP and its allies. The Left parties,
which played a crucial role in the outgoing Lok Sabha with 60 seats, has been projected to get 38.
Live India exit polls gave the Congress 181 seats against BJP's 140.