Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to remain the most popular political figure. 

As per a BARC report, he remains the most watched figure on television in 2020. 

Be it his speeches addressed to the nation or his participation in TV shows, the numbers are astoundingly astronomical. 

“Whether they are his interviews, speeches at global events, addresses to the nation or even a wildlife adventure show, channels that broadcast the content see their viewership leapfrog and set new levels,” the report added. 

OpIndia adds that PM Modi’s speech at Red Fort, which was over two hours long, garnered 133 million viewers. This was 40 per cent more as compared to his Independence Day speech in 2019. Similarly, the Prime Minister’s speech on March 24, 2020, where he announced the first lockdown, saw more viewing minutes than any of his previous addresses.

Modi’s address to the nation in April 2020, where he announced a relief package of Rs 20 lakh crores, became the most-watched public address. It garnered an overwhelming over 203 million viewers tuning in, the website adds. 

Likewise, his call for solidarity by switching off lights for nine-long minutes reflected a 60 per cent drop in TV viewership during those nine minutes.

PM Modi’s tweet to light lamp in April 2020 was the most retweeted political tweet of that year. 
He had urged the people to light a lamp for 9 minutes at 9 pm on the said day. His tweet was retweeted 118.4k times and had 513.2K likes.

That was the second such exercise. Earlier, on March 22, he had asked people to blow conches and clap hands as a measure to laud the efforts of COVID warriors.