Lok Sabha elections: Twitter recovers lost enthusiasm in Phase 6

Gautam Gambhir’s post, a picture of himself after casting his vote, leads the list of Top 5 tweets of the day

e4m by Tasmayee Laha Roy
Published: May 13, 2019 8:22 AM  | 3 min read

Twitter seems to have recovered the lost enthusiasm in the long 7-phase elections. The tweets, conversations, hindi tweets and geo tagged tweets all saw a rise, buoyed by the fact that the national capital went to polls on May 12.

The three-way fight in Delhi dominated Twitter as two of the most social media-friendly parties AAP and BJP battled it out along with Congress for the 7 seats of National Capital Territory.

In terms of total number of tweets, that includes original tweets, retweets and quotes, the figure stood at 240242, second highest after Phase 2 that saw a total of 280,256 tweets.

As 59 constituencies across 7 states went to polls in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections with around 10.18 crore of voters, the number of original tweets posted stood at 43224. As per data shared by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi, there were 102 hashtags created for the day. The number of hashtags created was also second highest after Phase 1’s 123. The top 5 hashtags were #LokSabhaElections2019, #MeraVoteModiKo, #Phase6, #VotingRound6 and #DeshKeDilMeiModi.

"In terms of the sheer number of tweets and data generated, today (May 12) was the second highest among all the 6 phases. We saw more action during the day. We had more number of contestants who had twitter handles, and among those, more number of handles were verified (highest among all 6 phases). We had more number of verified handles tweeting, we had more number of geo-tagged tweets, and we had the highest number of Hindi tweets compared to all other phases. Overall, it was great for us to see more data,” said Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, professor of Computer Science at IIIT Delhi and IIIT Hyderabad.

The top 5 mentions on Twitter was again dominated by BJP with the  @BJP4India, @narendramodi @AmitShah ,@GautamGambhir  and @RahulGandhi leading the list.

The top 5 tweets in terms of retweet count had Gautam Gambhir’s tweet leading the lot. Gambhir, who is also contesting the polls, put up a picture of him after casting his vote.

The second in the lot was that of Anjana Om Kashyap. 

This was followed by a tweet from Dr Shweta Ohri’s, whose bio defines her as a ‘staunch Namo fan’. Her tweet suggests that she is an NRI who travelled all the way to India to cast her vote.

Fourth in the list of top 5 tweets was that of Virat Kohli who posted a picture of himself after having cast his vote.

Lastly, there was a tweet from poet and author Dr Kumar Vishwas.

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