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Before you know how India voted, see how India tweeted

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Voters outside a polling station. Voters outside a polling station.

We might still be a couple of days away from the final result of the 2014 General Elections, but the way social media has reacted could be a good way of understanding this democratic excercise.
Data from Twitter shows a significant spike in the mentions of BJP towards the end of the campaign period betweenn January 1 and May 12. This is in contrast to the first few weeks which was dominated by the green line of the AAP.

Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi seems to have had much more mentions on Twitter over the past few months. There is significant spike around the time the Congress general secretary was interviewed by Arnab Goswami of TimesNow. While Modi’s graph has been more or less flat, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal also saw periods where he dominated the dialogue on Twitter.

The BJP managed to stay on top among parties throughout the business end of the campaign (from April 7 to May 12), though there was a considerable fall in mentions from the period before voting began in the country.

During the same period, Rahul Gandhi fund more mentions than Narendra Modi. But it is not clear if all of them were positive tweets.

A look at how the country tweeted about BJP, the Congress and APP as well as their top leaders show intermittent flashes highlighting all the countries. But the saffron of the BJP shows up brightly more often.

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