Published 22:17 IST, April 18th 2024

Memes take center stage in 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Memes have inundated platforms like Instagram and X, shaping the digital discourse surrounding country's democratic process.

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Memes surrounding the country's democratic process. | Image: Unsplash / Representative

Social media memes: As India gears up for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, a new battleground has emerged: social media. From witty jabs at political opponents to creative calls for electoral participation, memes have inundated platforms like Instagram and X, shaping the digital discourse surrounding the country's democratic process.

In a race marked by seven phases of voting, major political parties have not only taken to traditional rallies but have also engaged in digital slugfests, attempting to outshine each other in the online arena. Memes, often drawing inspiration from Bollywood movies and popular culture, have become potent weapons in this battle for political supremacy.


However, amidst the digital melee, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has embraced memes as a means to connect with the electorate, particularly the youth and first-time voters. Utilizing quirky lines and famous movie dialogues, the ECI has leveraged memes to drive home important messages about electoral participation and civic responsibility.

For instance, the ECI's recent meme featuring a still from 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' captured the excitement of first-time voters, while its use of themes from 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' and Amul's iconic posters added a touch of humor and relatability to its outreach efforts.


Experts suggest that memes and humor hold significant sway over the younger demographic, potentially influencing their engagement with the electoral process. By tapping into popular culture and employing light-hearted humor, the ECI aims to boost voter turnout and foster a sense of civic pride among citizens.

In the lead-up to the first phase of voting, which encompasses 102 seats across 21 states and Union territories, political parties have intensified their online campaigns. The ruling BJP and opposition parties like Congress and AAP have engaged in a fierce battle of memes, each vying for the attention and support of the electorate.


AAP's recent digital banners on X, featuring slogans like 'Jaan ki baazi laga denge lekin desh ke samvidhan par aanch nahin aane denge' and 'Modi ko hatana hai kyoniki...', exemplify the party's aggressive stance against the ruling dispensation. Similarly, the Congress has utilized social media to take veiled swipes at its opponents, highlighting issues like unemployment and governance.

As voting commences on Friday, the Election Commission has deployed over 18 lakh polling personnel across 1.87 lakh polling stations, anticipating participation from over 16.63 crore voters. While the polls officially kick off on April 19, the battle of memes is expected to intensify until the final phase on June 1.


In an era defined by digital connectivity and social media influence, memes have emerged as powerful tools of political communication, shaping public opinion and driving voter engagement. As India navigates the complexities of its democratic process, memes serve as both a reflection of societal discourse and a catalyst for change.



22:17 IST, April 18th 2024