Social Networking Website Twitter on Thursday said it has recorded more than 48 lakh tweets related to ongoing assembly elections 2018 in five states during October and November. “With elections currently ongoing in the states of Chattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, Twitter saw more than 48 lakh tweets in relation to assembly elections over the past two months (October 1 – November 28, 2018),” Twitter said in a statement.
It added that the conversations have continued to peak with over 2.5 lakh tweets posted in 36 hours between November 27-29, This was the period of voting in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.
“While conversations in India grew with the state elections, people across the world also grab Twitter to see what’s happening in India,” Twitter said. The top hashtags, in term of conversation volume, were #bjp, #congress, #rajasthan, #madhyapradesh, and #telangana. Other popular hashtags included #telanganaelections2018, #votebjpsecuremp #madhyapradeshelections, #rajasthanelections2018, #mizoram, #bjp4mp #bjp4telangana and #assemblyelections2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet on November 26 tweet urging citizens to vote was re-tweeted 3,266 times and received 13,283 likes. A tweet by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on November 18 featuring a video from his press conference was re-tweeted 7,098 times and received 24,018 likes.
Twitter’s India Head of Public Policy and Government Mahima Kaul said. “Twitter is where political conversations happen and where you can see all sides of a conversation. The vibrancy of Indian elections is already visible on Twitter.
With over four million tweets related to the assembly elections, it’s clear that regional parties and leaders are using the platform to connect with the voters, opinion makers, youth and media, making it the most talked-about Indian state elections on Twitter so far, she added.
The Five States which will go to polls before Lok Sabha are – Chhattisgarh where polling was done in two phase on November 12 and November 20, whereas Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to polls on November 28. The Rajasthan and Telangana will poll on December 7 to elect the state assembly.
The Results of these five states will be announced on December 11.