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

23 October, 2017, 04:03 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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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.



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