Reacting over the controversy over sudden rise in Rahul Gandhi’s social media popularity, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said, “Perhaps Rahul Gandhi is planning to win elections in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan”. Retweeting an ANI article which made a close analysis of Gandhi’s Twitter followers, Irani wrote: “Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan ?? #RahulWaveInKazakh. (sic)”
The article shared by Irani has raised questions on Congress vice-president’s Twitter followers. “A cursory glance at the twitter handles retweeting the Congress vice-president’s tweets does throw up some questions…are these automated ‘bots’ mass retweeting Rahul Gandhi’s tweets?” The article questioned.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) October 21, 2017
It made an analysis of Gandhi’s retweet of US President Donald Trump’s tweet praising American-Pakistani relations with a caption ‘Modi ji quick, looks like President Trump needs another hug’. As per the report, the tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and currently has touched 30,000. The report claimed that a close analysis of this tweet shows that these alleged ‘bots’ with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian characteristic were routinely RT-ing the Congress VP’s tweets.
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. It further added that the content of these twitter timelines comprised merely of retweets and a lack of tweets which could be categorised as an original thought.