Rahul takes dig at Modi, Irani retorts

Smriti Irani Hits Back at Rahul Gandhi, Says You Will Lose Gujarat

Another Congress leader and former Union minister RPN Singh said it is unimportant how many times a tweet has been retweeted.

According to reports the coronation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President is scheduled to take place on October 26, soon after organisational elections the same day.

Smriti Irani and the BJP are determined to wrest Amethi, Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha's constituency, from the Congress vice-president's grasp.

The report which is being widely shared on social media, alleging bots behind Rahul's popularity on twitter further details the profiles of the users who are retweeting the politician.

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.

News reports say Gandhi has gained some one million Twitter followers over the past two months. He said what is important is the issues Rahul Gandhi has been highlighting through his tweets.

On October 15, Rahul had tweeted "Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug" along with a screenshot of US President Donald Trump's tweet on an improved US-Pakistan relationship. In a piece for DailyO in June past year, Lal took instances of three hashtags to show how Prime Minister Modi's visits trended on Twitter.

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"Mitron, Shah-Zade ke bare mein na bolunga, na bolne dunga (Friends, I will neither speak about Shah's son nor allow others to speak)", Gandhi tweeted.

In her tweet, Smriti Irani mentioned that a person out on bail mocks the court and wrote "Lage Raho Bhai Gujarat Phir Bhi Haroge".

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.

Cambridge Analytica was in the news during the US Presidential election cycle previous year for advising Donald Trump in precision voter targeting based on online habits of voters in different states.

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

Divya Spandana, the Social Media & Digital Communications Head of AICC, has called the story factually wrong. "Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Ramya tweeted.

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