Home » World

BJP, Congress in war of words over Rahul's Twitter popularity

23 October, 2017, 04:03 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • BJP, Congress in war of words over Rahul's Twitter popularity

News Agency ANI put out a story this morning, questioning whether Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's twitter followers were automated ones "mass retweeting" his posts.

The report has even stated the alleged bots were from Russia, Kazakhstan or Indonesia.

The report states, "Further scrutiny of these Twitter accounts showed that the follower list was usually under 10 users and retweets comprised of random topics from across the world and those of Rahul Gandhi".

Suggesting that Rahul seemed to be more popular in Kazakhstan than in India, Union I&B Minister Irani tweeted "Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan??" with a hashtag #RahulWaveInKazakh, making it trend on Twitter in India.

Irani has always been sharp at countering the Congress vice president and one of the recent examples include the sarcastic comment from the union minister over the Global Index Report.




Rathore, MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, tweeted, "In sports, this would come under "Doping"...hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone". So what if you have no bread? The Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the Congress leader cannot win the Gujarat Assembly election with these attempts and further wished the Rahul Gandhi on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year. Now, handles friendly to the Congress have charted out what Irani's followers look like, labelling her the "queen of fake followers". He said what is important is the issues Rahul Gandhi has been highlighting through his tweets.

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar tweeted saying, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?".

ANI credited the "resurgence" of Rahul Gandhi on social media to a news report claiming that the Congress had roped in Big Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica for a more targeted digital campaign to woo voters. "Someone's turnover has gone up 16,000 times... the PM, who had said he is the chowkidar, why is the chowkidar silent", Singh added.

Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT cell, asked a TV news channel why the Congress has to "buy" support for Rahul Gandhi.

Recommended:

  • Riding High: Dow Jones Just Hit the 23000 Mark

    Winners and Losers: Freeport-McMoRan sunk 2.23 percent after Deutsche Bank downgraded the mining company's stock to "Sell". Here at home, the TSX has seen much more conservative growth having risen around 1,000 points in the 12 months.

    Chrome Cleanup Tool only Prevents Software Unwanted by Google

    The " Safe Browsing " feature issues warnings to users when they attempt to enter unsafe sites or download risky files. As for the antivirus , it will prompt you to delete any suspicious or unwanted program.
    Minnesota granted REAL ID grace period through next October

    Minnesota granted REAL ID grace period through next October

    TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. Congressman Greg Gianforte: "The federal government has granted the state more time to comply with REAL ID requirements".
  • Demi Lovato Explains Breakup With Wilmer Valderrama

    Demi Lovato Explains Breakup With Wilmer Valderrama

    She continued, "Body image, what I'm going to eat next, what I wish I could be eating, what I wish I didn't eat". If you haven't had the opportunity to watch the documentary, you should definitely check it out.
    Honest Ads Bill Creates Online Political Ad Public File

    Honest Ads Bill Creates Online Political Ad Public File

    The $500 threshold is much lower than what was initially considered when the senators were drafting the bill. The House committee is working to release the Facebook ads publicly after the hearing.
    Gunman kills three at Maryland company, suspected in DE  shooting

    Gunman kills three at Maryland company, suspected in DE shooting

    A number of industrial buildings and hotels are located in the area of the shooting, about 25 miles north of Baltimore. Shortly after the argument police began receiving calls for multiple people shot. "He's desperate right now".
  • The White House Panicked After Trump Lied About Calling Soldiers' Families

    The White House Panicked After Trump Lied About Calling Soldiers' Families

    And now she was about to speak to the president. "It was a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell". The Post story said that while Trump made the promise during the summer, Chris Baldridge had not received the check.
    Kurt Angle Returning; Replaces Roman Reins At WWE TLC

    Kurt Angle Returning; Replaces Roman Reins At WWE TLC

    In his place will be WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle who will be making his return to a WWE ring for the first time since 2006. On the same token, AJ Styles was seen as the best replacement for Bray Wyatt so he could jump over and take on Finn Balor .
    General Motors to Pay Michigan Nearly $4 Million Following Settlement

    General Motors to Pay Michigan Nearly $4 Million Following Settlement

    The issues could also result in the safety airbags failing to deploy, increasing the risk of serious injury or death. Jepsen said his office represented CT by serving on the multistate investigation's nine-state executive committee.
  • 'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years

    'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years

    Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal , who is heading the Commission for Missing Persons, confirmed Shehzadi's recovery to BBC Urdu . She had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, Hamid Ansari's mother.
    Five people injured in knife attack in Munich

    Five people injured in knife attack in Munich

    The motivation for the attack is still unclear as the suspect refused to make a statement during his interrogation by police. They mainly had superficial stab wounds and in at least one case had been hit.
    5 arrested in connection with white nationalist Richard Spencer's Florida event

    5 arrested in connection with white nationalist Richard Spencer's Florida event

    Police say at least two of the men have connections to extremist groups but didn't immediately identify which ones. An eagle-eyed witness remembered the Jeep's license plate number, which proved to be a big break for police.


Popular

OBC leader Alpesh Thakor to join Congress
The Congress has given both Mr Patel and Mr Mevani an open invitation to join the party. However, Hardik said that he will continue to fight till he has public support.

Conte Hails Chelsea's Spirit, Commitment In Watford Win
Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer. Chelsea began the day fifth in the table, a place and two points behind Watford . "It is a really unfair result".

Trump says he'll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released
The National Archives has until next Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Also, Trump was not clear about whether he would publish all of the documents in full, or with some of them redacted.

Catalan leader accuses Spain of 'worst attack' since Franco
She requested anonymity in line with internal rules. 'The game could end badly, very badly for Rajoy's government, ' he said. The Madrid government is expected to implement measures under Article 155 of Spain's constitution.

President Trump Celebrates Diwali at White House; Praises India, Indian Americans
President Barack Obama was the first president to light the diya at the White House celebration. President Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations.

U.S. approves second gene therapy for blood cancer
The highly personalized cancer treatment is a type of vehicle T-cell therapy (CAR is short for chimeric antigen receptor). There are approximately 72,000 new cases of National Hockey League diagnosed in the United States annually.

Man City star De Bruyne: We're ruthless compared to previous year
After eight matches, the Pep Guardiola-managed side are on top of the English Premier League (EPL) table with 22 points, winning seven matches and drawing one.

CNN Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Stays at 37 Percent
Among Republican voters, 76 percent believe the media invents stories about the Trump administration, and 11 do not think so. The poll , conducted October 12-15, surveyed 1,010 people.

USA wants stronger India ties to counter PRC's rise: Tillerson
U.S. -India relations have generally prospered in the past decade, in part due to their shared concerns about the rise of China. During his speech, Tillerson targeted China and said that China has undertaken provocative actions in the South China Sea.

Great Southeast Shakeout drill set for Thursday
People who are driving should pull over to a clear area, stop and stay seated with seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Survival kits - stocked with water, food and a radio, among other items - can be crucial after a major temblor.