Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bagged yet another social media accolade. His tweet celebrating the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls is the most retweeted and liked tweets of the year, according to Twitter.
The "Golden Tweet" - as Twitter calls it - was posted by PM Modi on May 23, 2019 and said, "सबका साथ + सबका विकास + सबका विश्वास = विजयी भारत. Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat."
The golden tweet is Twitter's way of reflecting what made news and was one of the most talked-about topics in a year. In 2019, as the micro-blogging website puts it, the buzz around the launch of Chandrayaan 2 was one of the most exciting and momentous events for India.
"One of the most exciting and momentous events for India this year was ISRO's #chandrayaan2 mission. The event represented a technological leap and highlighted India's contribution to space exploration, as the world took to Twitter to respond to every development. Not before long, #chandrayaan2 had developed into a phenomenon of sorts, and NASA, as well as people on Twitter, applauded ISRO's work with this iconic Tweet," Twitter said in its blog post on Golden Tweet 2019.
Among hashtags, #loksabhaelections2019 was the most tweeted about hashtags.
In sports, Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) wished MS Dhoni (@msdhoni) on his birthday, which became the most retweeted tweet in the world of sports. This heartfelt tweet by Kohli on Dhoni's birthday with a picture of the duo together made for an epic moment for Indian cricket fans.
The Tamil entertainment industry continued to rule hearts as well as the Twitter charts. Actor Vijay's (@actorvijay) tweet sharing the poster of his film #bigil became the tweet to receive the most retweets in the entertainment sector, as well as became the tweet to achieve the most retweets with comments overall.
Twitter also released the top 10 hashtags in India this year: #loksabhaelections2019, #chandrayaan2, #cwc19, #pulwama, #article370, #bigil, #diwali, #avengersendgame, #ayodhyaverdict, #eidmubarak.
Among most mentioned handles in politics, Union Minister Smriti Irani emerged as the leader on Twitter, followed by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.