Question mark on Rahul's Twitter popularity: Congress says report factually wrong

He rejected the news agency's claims that "bots" were behind the perceived rise in Gandhi's popularity on Twitter.

"In their desperation to crown Rahul Gandhi, Congress bought him some love from Russian Federation too!" another tweet said.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been making news recently for his renewed Twitter strategy. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000. About 3.83 million accounts follow Rahul's @OfficeOfRG handle.

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As per the scrutiny done by ANI, these Twitter accounts show that their follower list is usually under 10 users and retweets comprise of random topics from across the world and those of Rahul Gandhi.

On October 15th, 'OfficeofRG' retweeted US President Donald Trump's tweet praising American-Pakistani relations with a caption "Modi ji quick, looks like President Trump needs another hug".

Rathore, MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, tweeted, "In sports, this would come under "Doping"...hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone".

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Rahul Gandhi's "resurgence" on social media also goes hand in hand with another news report claiming that the Congress had roped in Big Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica for a more targeted digital campaign to woo voters. According to some BJP leaders who cited a recent news agency report, the Congress' scion's "newfound popularity" on social media has been "manufactured" through bots who have tweeting about him and his activities round the clock. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, NDA's Kerala chief, wrote, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?"

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

Smriti Irani shared a report which raised questions on Congress vice-president's Twitter followers. When asked about Rahul's twitter growth AAP had earlier raised questions whether the retweets or real and it appears they were not.

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The party also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders use bad language against Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders, but the party never uses defamatory words on the social networking site.


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