Rahul Gandhi popularity on Twitter faked? Here's the Russian bot angle

Rahul Gandhi

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.

Sources say the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body, could meet as early as Tuesday to decide the date for completing the election process.

BJP leaders in Delhi acknowledged that Thakor joining the Congress was a "big blow" to their party.

The tweet has been retweeted almost 30k times and liked over 21k times.

A war of words broke out between Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Twitter on Friday wherein, the latter attacked the former while claiming that the Congress will lose elections despite its efforts.

BJP leaders charged that the Twitter handles supporting Rahul, and retweeting his tweets, were computer-generated and were dubiously coming from countries such as Kazakstan, Russia and Indonesia.

A news agency in its story titled, "Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?" raised doubt on the credibility of twitter handles retweeting Rahul Gandhi's tweets.

"In sports, this would come under "Doping". hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone", tweeted Rajyavardhan Rathore, MoS (independent) for youth affairs and sports. "Story is factually wrong". Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

Meanwhile, Amit Malviya, the head of BJP's IT cell, said that the Congress was "buy [ing]" support for Rahul Gandhi. Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party.

"Rahul Gandhi should have known that popularity can't be bought, certainly not from Russia, Kazakhstan".

Irani, who has often launched both veiled and direct attacks on Rahul through her Twitter posts, was peeved at the Congress president red-flagging the purported gag order by an Ahmedabad court against The Wire which prohibits the news portal from publishing any articles about Jay Shah. "Congress' social media dream aborted?"

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