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2016 Assembly polls: Mamata, BJP most discussed on Facebook

KOLKATA(PTI):During the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, the BJP was the most discussed political party while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the most talked about political leader on Facebook.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. File photo

An analysis of conversations on Facebook regarding the Assembly polls across the four States and the Union Territory of Puducherry done by the social media giant shows that BJP featured in 61 per cent of them, while the Trinamool Congress chief was the top leader, figuring in 22 per cent of the conversations.

Overall, 2.2 crore netizens discussed elections on the social media platform leading to 14.2 crore interactions, Facebook said.

The data is for the period from February 12 to May 10 and covers top political parties, politicians, States and top issues, the social media giant said.

With 47 per cent mentions, the Congress was second followed by the AAP — 25 per cent. The DMK and the CPI(M) featured in only 6 per cent of online conversations.

In the list of most talked about politicians, Ms. Banerjee was followed by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who featured in 20 per cent of the conversation.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, DMK chief M. Karunandhi and the BJP’s Assam chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal were the other talked about leaders, Facebook said, adding among the States, Assam was most popular with conversation of 28 per cent netizens figured around it.

Crime seemed to be of utmost concern to Facebook users as one-third of election-related conversations featured the issue. Defence came a close second with 31 per cent. Foreign affairs, education and transport were other major issues.

“Facebook is making it easier for people to participate in electoral debates and have a real impact. It has become a place for people to get to know their candidates better and discuss issues they care about,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

“By providing a platform for engagement and discussion, Facebook is empowering people in India on Facebook to engage in the elections,” the spokesperson said.

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