Twitter announced that over 396 million Tweets were recorded for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as candidates and citizens came to the micro-blogging platform to express their views and to see all the live action that happened at the Counting Day (May 23).
According to Twitter, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@NarendraModi) emerged as the most mentioned political personality during the six week election period, @BJP4India was the most mentioned political party.
At the end of Counting Day, BJP emerged as the clear winner and culminated the day when citizens of India declared its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Modi took to Twitter to announce its win via a Tweet that received hundreds of thousands of Replies, Retweets and Likes within just few minutes, making it the most Retweeted Tweet of the election.
The micro-blogging platform witnessed over 396 million Tweets on its platform including Tweets from candidates, citizens and political parties. The tweet intensity was almost 600 per cent high from the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Twitter recorded over 3.2 million Tweets on Counting Day itself, of which one-third of the Tweets were recorded between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., coming at the same hour that Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Throughout the six-week election period starting from April 11 to May 19, citizens talked about national security the most on the platform. National security was followed by religion, jobs and employment, agriculture, and finally demonetisation. According to Twitter, the #mainbhichowkidar campaign, Nyay scheme, polling’s first phase and counting day generated the maximum number of tweets.
Twitter has been the one-stop destination for citizens, political parties throughout the campaign period, to communicate and address their queries to the contesting leaders.
@BJP4India handle along with the handles of their National Democratic Alliance members were mentioned 53 per cent times on Twitter. The @INCIndia handle and United Progressive Alliance handles received 37 per cent of the mentions on Twitter.