Twitterati shows fatigue as Lok Sabha election completes Phase 5

The total number of tweets on Monday stood at 1,78,198 compared to 2,20,107 on the polling day in Phase 4

e4m by Tasmayee Laha Roy
Published: May 7, 2019 8:30 AM  | 3 min read

With the country voting in the fifth phase of the general elections on Monday, the battle of hashtags seems to be dying down.

The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections has lacked the action and energy that we saw in the beginning of the polling process. From the number of tweets to hashtags and the number of unique users, there has been a significant slide as 51 constituencies from 7 states went to poll on Monday.

The fourth phase too had seen a dip in numbers in terms of social media mentions and the fall has continued. As for the fifth phase, the total number of tweets on Monday stood at 1,78,198 compared to 2,20,107 in Phase 4.

As per data shared by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi, from 99,794 unique users in Phase 1 it fell to 84,659 in Phase 2. While in Phase 3 it stood at 79,645, by Phase  4 the number was down to 69,371. Phase 5 has seen just 56,392 unique users on Twitter.

The number of hashtags too have dipped from 123 in Phase 1 to 91 in Phase 5. The top five hashtags of Phase 5 were #LokSabhaElections2019, #HarBoothParModi, #Phase5, #VotingRound5 and #MainHindustanHoon. There were some constants in the top 5 mentions though. The first in the list was @BJP4India followed by @narendramodi, @INCIndia, @RahulGandhi and @AmitShah.

We take a look at the top 5 tweets in terms of the retweet count: 
On top was Tajinder Bagga’s tweet with a video.


The next was India Today’s tweet with another video of a local TMC leader entering the voting counter to vote on behalf of multiple elderly voters in Hooghly's Tarakeswar under the Arambagh Lok Sabha seat. 

The third most popular tweet was that of Piyush Goyal.


This was followed by that of the Indian National Congress.


Another one doing the rounds was a tweet from a non-verified account that posted pictures of a Zomato delivery girl. The tweet was trending likely because of the hashtags used #Modi and #HarGharModiKeSaath.



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