Congress gets ready to finalise Rahul's elevation

Violet Powell
October 23, 2017

Recent reports have mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is overtaking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of popularity on twitter and that the Congress leader is getting raised volumes of retweets now which probably made the new agency go for an in-depth analysis of his account.

Irani, a week ago, countered Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's remark on the Global Index Report that stated India has slipped three notches to 100 among 119 countries of the world.

The report which has pointed out that there might be bots behind Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity was shared by Smriti Irani who questioned the authenticity of his followers. She tweeted that Rahul Gandhi is planning to sweep the elections in Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Russian Federation. As per the report, the tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000.

As on Friday, Gandhi has 3.81 million followers and 3,352 tweets.

To prove her point she also retweeted a tweet: "10 bots on which ANI story is based, activated 4 days ago.RG's tweet was 6 days ago".

Rahul Gandhi's twitter handle "OfficeofRG" has been the topic of various news outlets recently, citing a rise in retweets as evidence of a resurgence of Rahul Gandhi's interaction on social media.

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Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has suggested that a politician who uses bots to become more popular on social media, is like an athlete who consumes banned substances to improve his performance.

Divyaspandana responded to Smriti Iran saying, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani took to the microblogging website to suggest that the retweets were from fake accounts overseas.

Meanwhile, Amit Malviya, the head of BJP's IT cell, said that the Congress was "buy [ing]" support for Rahul Gandhi. "Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Ramya tweeted.

Later the Congress called the BJP's attempt to question Rahul's social media popularity a "diversionary tactic" from the issues raised by the Congress leader online, because BJP did not want to "focus on them".

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