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Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

BJP unable to ignore Rahul

BJP unable to ignore Rahul

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.

Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday targeted Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi after a media report claimed that the recent uptick in his social media traction may well be due to bots.

On October 15th, "OfficeofRG" retweeted US President Donald Trump's post praising American-Pakistani relations with a caption "Modi ji quick, looks like President Trump needs another hug". "Twitter is a medium where you raise your voice", said Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and touched 30,000 at the time of filing this report.

Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani took to the microblogging website to suggest that the retweets were from fake accounts overseas. "He's All Set To Win Elections In Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan", said a user. Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore wrote, "In sports, this would come under "doping". hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone".

A Twitterbot is a software that autonomously performs activities such as tweeting, retweeting, liking, following and unfollowing.

Rahul Gandhi mocked Modi over his silence on Jay Shah's company issue, countered by Smriti Irani who accused him of insulting the court.

Divya Spandana, who heads the Congress's social media and digital communications wing, scoffed at the allegations. She had retweeted an ANI analytical report that seemed to suggest that most retweets for Gandhi's official handle @OfficeOfRG had a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian origin.

He asked whether BJP can clearly say that none of the PM's tweets have been retweeted by handles from outside the country.

"This support has been manufactured on social media to create an illusion of a resurgence because the Congress party is desperate". This is done by taking a random sample of up to 5,000 followers and studying them for "number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends" to tell if they are fake. She attached a report by the news agency ANI that said: "Bots behind the rise in Rahul Gandhi's Twitter popularity".

Rahul's account has also seen an increasing in the number of followers- he has gained more than one million followers on Twitter in the past three months.

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