Modi Tendulkar

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar addresses villagers in Donja in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra Dec. 19, 2017. The Rajya Sabha MP was on his first trip to review several projects in the village he adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in November 2016. Tendulkar and Narendra Modi were the most talked about parliamentarians on Facebook in 2017. (Sachin Tendulkar Facebook photo)

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most talked about Lok Sabha member, while Sachin Tendulkar was the most popular Rajya Sabha member on Facebook in 2017, according to the social media site.

The results appeared Jan. 3 when Facebook released information on its top-ranked pages of government bodies, ministries and political parties in India for the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

Facebook placed the information on its top-ranked pages of government bodies under the following categories: Parliament of India, Union Government, State Governments and Union Territories, and political parties.

Among State Governments and Union Territories, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was the most popular followed by his Rajasthan counterpart, Vasundhara Raje.

Among political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the most popular. But surprisingly, the Indian National Congress came third as the Aam Aadmi Party took the second spot in terms of Facebook popularity.

Among apex bodies, the Prime Minister’s Office India was the most popular on Facebook followed by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. The Ministry of External Affairs topped among ministries.

MyGov India was the most popular government initiative on Facebook while among the armed forces, the Indian Army was the most popular.

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