[Research] Social Media Users Want Jaitley As Finance Minister, Sushma As Home Minister

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No sooner had the buzz around elections subsided among India’s social media users, a new topic became viral — the new cabinet of the Narendra Modi government.

In fact, on the day of the election results itself (May 16), #dreamcabinet began to trend on Twitter.

Simplify360 analyzed over 4000 tweets with the hashtag ‘Dreamcabinet’ to see whom the Twitterati wants in their new cabinet.

Here are the results:

Finance minister: Arun Jaitley is a clear favorite, receiving 73.4% of the mentions. Following him are Subramanian Swamy (14.4%) and Arun Shourie (5.1%).

Home Minister: Sushma Swaraj leads the (online) race to be India’s next home minister. She received 24.1% of the votes.

A close second is Amit Shah, who garnered 20.8% of the mentions. Following him is Rajnath Singh (19.7%).

Defence Minister: Former Army chief General VK Singh wins this battle, with 51.8% of the mentions. Following him is Rajnath Singh with 17.4% votes.

Foreign Minister: The external affairs ministry race is a contest between Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Both of them received around 50% of vote share each.

Many users have given multiple portfolios to politicians like Jaitley and Subramanian Swamy.

Law Minister: Arun Jaitley again emerges as a favorite to head the law ministry, receiving 65.9% of the mentions. Following him is Ravi Shankar Prasad, with 13.1% of the votes.

Methodology

Simplify first collected more than 4000 tweets containing the term ‘#Dreamcabinet’.

The time period was May 16-19, 2014.

After sorting out content which was not relevant (like jokes, questions etc), we narrowed down on tweets where there was a clear vote. Retweets were also included in our sample. The assumption is that if a person is retweeting a particular choice, this means he agrees with it.

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