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In today’s technologically advanced global world, social media is the most preferred platform for people from all walks of life to express their views and opinion freely. As the polls for 2014 General election are nearing, topics like politics and politicians are the most sought after topics on social networking sites like twitter, face book, etc. Here is the list of India’s 5 Most Mentioned Politicians in Social Media.

1. Narendra Modi-

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi also fondly called NaMo is India’s Most Mentioned Politicians since February 2013, leading more than thrice as many mentions as his close competitor, Rahul Gandhi. Modi dominated in the beginning of the year because of the exciting Gujarat Summit organised by him. This summit was the starting point for masses to discuss about him as the potential candidate for the Prime Minister’s post. Views of support from the public and also by the Sangh Parivar and BJP leaders such as Yashwant Sinha had all the more given a boost to the discussions.

2. Rahul Gandhi-

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Gandhi family and the Vice president of the Indian National Congress is the next most talked about political leader on social media. In January this year, there was a fall of 57 percent of overall conversations after his appointment as the Vice President of Congress at Jaipur.

3. Arvind Kejriwal:

Arvind Kejriwal, the most recent entrant to politics, is on the fourth position. He  drew attention in January, February and March across all sections of the society for his political attacks against the Government of India.

Kejriwal’s accused Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of our country of illegally selling out the nation’s chief natural gas field located at the Krishna Godavari Basin. This accusation brought Kejriwal forward in public attention in January.

4. Nitish Kumar:

Nitish Kumar who is the Chief Minister of Bihar since 2005 is one of the most talked and discussed politician among the netizens. The statement of JD (U) which declared Nitish Kumar as a sincere and competent leader and which also hinted him as a best Prime Ministerial candidate added to his share of mentions in the month of January.

He was frequently compared with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as they were conducting parallel rallies in February. The demand of the Bihar Chief Minister for a special status for Bihar in March had once again brought him under the social media scanners.

5. Sushma Swaraj:

Sushma Swaraj, former Chief Minister of Delhi is the leader of opposition party. Talks about Swaraj have mostly been based on some specific news and events.

In January, the statements and news about her paying a visit to martyred soldier Hemraj Singh drove conversations. The statement of Sushma on the blasts in Hyderabad had triggered her with 44 percent of mention in February. Further, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani expressing his preference for Sushma Swaraj as Prime Ministerial candidate over Narendra Modi gained mentions in March. Swaraj voicing her opinion against Manmohan Singh and Sharad Yadav and also accusing the central government for involvement in various scams and claiming that the UPA government manipulated the CBI further added to her total mentions.
Contributed By Sonia Narula


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