Are bots behind Rahul Gandhi's surging Twitter popularity? Congress disagrees

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Irked at his "Shah-zada" jibe against Jay Shah, son of BJP national president Amit Shah who is in the centre of a controversy over his company's meteoric rise in wealth since May 2014, Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, on Saturday, hit out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi through a post on micro-blogging website, Twitter.

Questioning whether automated bots were mass retweeting Gandhi's tweets, the report said that on 15 October, "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".

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A Twitter audit of PM Modi's personal account and Rahul Gandhi's accounts revealed that while Gandhi's audit score is 51 percent (meaning 49 percent fake followers) Modi stands at 36 percent with 22,003,269 suspicious accounts following him. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000, the report claimed, adding a close analysis of this tweet showed that these alleged "bots" with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian characteristic were routinely retweeting the Congress vice president's tweets. A closer inspection of the Twitter accounts showed they had less than 10 followers and retweeted random subjects from around the world, including those of Rahul Gandhi. "Congress party's repeated attempts in raising questions about EC is to build a strong excuse and cover to shield Rahul Gandhi", BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.

And presenting the queen of fake followers having 60% (2.8 million) fake followers.

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Congress said his growing social media presence was a result of his tweets resonating with the people of the country. "You will have to speak to Twitter to get clarity". She tweeted that Rahul Gandhi is planning to sweep the elections in Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Russian Federation. The party has also rejected Congress allegations of crony capitalism.

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