Twitter reacts to #KarnatakaElection with 3 million mentions
Among the parties, BJP garnered 51% of the share of voice on Twitter while Congress took 42%, and Janata Dal (Secular) had 7% of the mentions.
Twitter saw more than 3 million mentions in relation to the #KarnatakaElections2018 over the past three week (from Apr 25 - May 15, 2018).
From breaking news to behind the scenes action, political parties, candidates and citizens sparring over hot election topics, Twitter emerged as the best place to catch all the action on the recently concluded #KarnatakaElections2018.
Despite the fact that the elections occurred in one state, discussions on Twitter were vibrant all over the country and even overseas.
See link for full heat map: https://www.trendsmap.com/v/5HNw/w
Among the parties, it was a close fight in Karnataka as BJP (@BJP4Karnataka) garnered 51% of the share of voice on Twitter while Congress (@INCKarnataka) took 42%, and Janata Dal (Secular) had 7% of the mentions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) emerged as the most mentioned personality during the course of #KarnatakaElections2018 on Twitter, while former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (@Siddaramaiah) emerged as the most mentioned candidate on Twitter.
While the political leaders and parties were active, Twitter users also participated in dynamic conversations around the Karnataka elections with relevant hashtags and retweets. #KarnatakaVerdict emerged as the most talked about election-related topic in the past 24 hours. The most used hashtag across the elections from Apr 25 - May 15, 2018 was #KarnatakaElections2018.
Top 5 hashtags related to #KarnatakaElection:
Top 10 Retweeted Tweets in relation to the Karnataka elections:
Dear Modi ji,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 5, 2018
You talk a lot. Problem is, your actions don’t match your words. Here's a primer on your candidate selection in Karnataka.
It plays like an episode of "Karnataka's Most Wanted". #AnswerMaadiModi pic.twitter.com/G97AjBQUgO
Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today. I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 12, 2018
The Democracy being attacked in Bengaluru . I am shocked at the incident . More than 20000 Voter ID cards found at private apartment . I visited the place personally . This mockery at behest of @INCIndia Rajarajeshwari Nagara Candidate Munirathna Naidu #congresscheatsdemocracy pic.twitter.com/fZHzgbcOio— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) May 8, 2018
My prediction for Karnataka: BJP 115-130. JDS second and Congi third— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 10, 2018
Today, Ms. Antonio Maino is here in K'taka to save her last citadel from falling!— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 8, 2018
Madam Maino, K'taka needs no lessons from the person who was solely responsible for wasting India's 10 precious years.
And to Congress, need to remind you of your 'import' jibe? https://t.co/7NmhjuoMOM
In Karnataka, TDP n Chandrababu Naidu have used all tactics to dissuade Telugu voters from supporting BJP. But in Hyderabad Karnataka where most Telugus live, BJP has increased its tally from 6 to 20+. People have rejected CBN’s politics. Our Southward March has begun.— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) May 15, 2018
Same girl, one voter ID in Karnataka, another in Kerala Another feather added to #fakeidcongress ... People of Karnataka will give a befitting replay for this fraud by @INCIndia #ShameOnYou pic.twitter.com/LsAne4wnsz— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) May 11, 2018
Talking about the trends, Mahima Kaul, Head of Public Policy & Government, Twitter India, said, "Twitter is where political conversations happen and where you can see all sides of a conversation when it comes to elections. Candidates and political parties have been responding to each other directly on Twitter, while voters have had a front-row view to digital campaigning in this state election. Over the past few weeks, our data shows more than three million Tweets related to the Karnataka elections, making it one of the most talked-about state elections on Twitter.”
Launching several initiatives for Indians to provide real-time updates on the campaign trail, connect voters to politicians on the most important election issues, and to have their voices heard during the #KarnatakaElections2018, Twitter gave front-row access to users in India and across the world to see every side of the conversations.
Apart from the elections voting emoji, a special event called #ElectionsOnTwitter was held in partnership with civil societ organizations @AshokaIndia and @BPACofficial and media partners @thenewsminute @CNNnews18 and @News18Kannada.
The first panel discussed ‘News From the Ground’ what journalists Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran), Editor News Minute; DP Satish (@dp_satish), Senior Editor, News 18; Vasanthi Hariprakash (@vasanthihari), Roaming Editor, Pickle Jar; and Gautham Machaiah (@GauthamMachaiah), senior journalist picked up through their reporting across Karnataka.
@TwitterIndia @dp_satish @dhanyarajendran @vasanthihari ? ???? ?????? ??? ????… ????? ?????? ??? ????. ????? ?? ????? ????. 2013????? ?????? ??????? ?????? ?????. ??????? ?????? ??????? ?????? ?????. ? ?? ??? ???????????. – ????? ??????, ??????????. #ElectionsOnTwitter— News18 Kannada (@News18Kannada) May 10, 2018
The second panel was moderated by Artika Raj (@ArnikaRaj), Social Impact Communications; Ashoka India, who asked “What Drives the Urban Vote?” Panelists were Ashwin Mahesh (@ashwinmahesh), Columnist; Meera K (@meerak), Citizen Matters co-founder and editor of Citizen Matters, and Bharath Palavalli (@bharathmp) of FOVLabs.
#ElectionsOnTwitter @TwitterIndia #KarnatakaElections2018 @bharathmp of @fovlabs will be on the @Ashoka fellows panel with @ashwinmahesh and @meerak, moderated by @artikaraj, to discuss what will drive the urban vote in the upcoming elections. Tweet us your views! pic.twitter.com/SJ5M4Vv0xH— Fields of View (@fovlabs) May 9, 2018
Traffic, water, waste - everyday pain points are the major issues with the urban middle class. The big change in Bengaluru are the multiple citizen manifestos. @meerak @artikaraj @Ashoka @TwitterIndia @misskaul #ElectionsOnTwitter #KarnatakaElections2018— Saba Selvaraj (@SabaSelvaraj) May 10, 2018
The third panel looked at Electoral Activism and was moderated by Revathy Ashok (@RevathyAshok), CEO-B-PAC. The panelists included Santosh Hegde, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; Anjali Saini (@anjali_WFR) of Whitefield Raising, and R J Smitha (@MirchiRJSmitha), Radio Mirchi.
#ElectionsOnTwitter - “if criminality and corruption is not an issue, then what is an issue?” asks Santosh Hedge in a panel on electoral activism with @RevathyAshok @MirchiRJSmitha & @anjali_WFR pic.twitter.com/VAaTJgtCVc— Mahima Kaul (@misskaul) May 10, 2018
The final session, ‘Digital Tsunami’, moderated by Mahima Kaul, Head-Public Policy and
Govt, Twitter India @misskaul, included young digital leaders: Tejasvi Surya (@tejasvi_surya), Head, BJP Youth Wing, Karnataka; Aishwarya Mahadev (@aiyshmahadev), State Coordinator, Karnataka-AICC Research Department and MC Abbas (@MCABBAS), AAP candidate. They talked about the long term impact they are going to have on digital campaigning and the election cycle.
@aiyshmahadev "Everyday for me is to fight to legtimize and enable women's participation in politics. Women in politics has to be the new normal." @TwitterIndia @misskaul@MCABBAS @tejasvi_surya #KarnatakaElections2018 #ElectionsOnTwitter pic.twitter.com/MLdWbGDSUj— Saba Selvaraj (@SabaSelvaraj) May 10, 2018
We work like a startup, built on volunteers at our social media cell. "Young intellectual warriors" are given great autonomy at @BJP4India @tejasvi_surya joins the conversation to add spice. @aiyshmahadev @MCABBAS @misskaul #KarnatakaElections2018 #ElectionsOnTwitter— Saba Selvaraj (@SabaSelvaraj) May 10, 2018
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