Mamata tops the list as most discussed politician on Facebook

May 18, 2016, 18:16 IST | mid-day Online Correspondent

Mamata Banerjee has defeated the likes of Oommen Chandy, Tarun Gogoi to emerge as winner of most talked about political leader on Facebook.

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An analysis of conversations on Facebook regarding the Assembly polls across all states was conducted. The results revealed that BJP featured in 61 per cent of them, while Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was the top leader, figuring in 22 per cent of the conversations.

During Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, BJP was the most discussed political party.

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

The data is for the period from February 12 to May 10 and covers top political parties, politicians, states and top issues. With 47 per cent mentions, Congress was second followed by AAP - 25 per cent. Interestingly, DMK and CPI-M featured in only 6 per cent of online conversations.

In the list of most talked about politicians, Banerjee was followed by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who featured in 20 per cent of the conversation. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, DMK patriarch M Karunandhi and BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal were the other talked about leaders.

Assam was most popular with 28 per cent netizens contributed to conversations

When it came to news stories, crime was discussed more on Facebook 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.

The Facebook survey in a nutshell

Most talked about politician: Mamata Banerjee

Most talked about political party: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)

Most talked about issue: 1. Crime, 2. Defence, 3. Foreign affairs, 4. Education, 5. Transport

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