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With more than 1.9 million mentions on Twitter in relation to the Gujarat Election over the past 2.5 weeks (from Dec 1 - 18, 2017), Twitter captured the political mood of the nation perfectly until the Gujarat Election results.

From breaking news to behind the scenes action, political parties, candidates and citizens sparring over hot election topics, this was also the first time that Twitter introduced live streaming of the elections in India, adding more ways for people to watch the Gujarat Election results unfold in real-time.

Despite the fact that the Elections occurred in one State of India, i.e. Gujarat, discussions on Twitter on December 18, the Gujarat Election results day, were vibrant all over the country and even worldwide. People all over the world leveraged Twitter to see what’s happening in India as the nation develops as a cultural, economic and political force to be reckoned with.

Heatmaplink to see the global conversation for the Gujarat Election on Twitter

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Throughout the State Elections campaign, politicians and parties took to Twitter to regularly communicate with people all over India. Prime Minister Modi emerged as the most mentioned personality during the course of Gujarat Elections on Twitter, while Vijay Rupani emerged as the most mentioned candidate on Twitter.

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Note: Above chart excludes mentions of candidates, which is reflected below.

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While the political leaders and parties were active, Twitter users also participated in dynamic conversations around the Gujarat elections with relevant hashtags and Retweets. Development, Religion and Hindutva, and GST emerged among the most talked about topics during the elections. The most mentioned hashtag was #GujaratElection2017.

Among the top 10 Retweeted Tweets, 5 of them were Hindi Tweets, suggesting rising interest in local language conversations on Twitter.

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Top 5 hashtags related to #GujaratElection.






Top 10 Retweeted Tweets in relation to the Gujarat Election (Those with * are in local language)

"Twitter reflects what's happening in India and the world and it's no different with the Gujarat election as live updates help citizens follow the micro-stories that develop in real-time,” said Mahima Kaul, Head of Public Policy & Government, Twitter India.

“Our data indicates that more people are responding to Tweets in Hindi, and leaders are reacting to speeches and statements directly on Twitter. It's exciting to see how people across India are watching videos and Tweets from rallies held all over Gujarat, evident of a more vibrant politically involved community."

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