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Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

Media reports on Saturday suggested that one of the reasons behind Rahul Gandhi's increase in Twitter following over the last few months could be automated bots mass retweeting Gandhi's tweets.

"Incidentally, all these handles either tweet similar random stuff from across the world or tweet only about Rahul Gandhi", Malviya said. "#RahulWaveInKazak", tweeted information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani.

Irani, in a sarcastic manner, tweeted: "Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan??" The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000. "Saal Mubarak", Irani tweeted after Gandhi responded to a report on a Gujarat court barring publication of news on Jay Shah on Friday.

On October 15th, '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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"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. 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.

ANI credited the "resurgence" of Rahul Gandhi on social media to a news report claiming that the Congress had roped in Big Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica for a more targeted digital campaign to woo voters.

The BJP alleged that Twitterbots, or fake accounts, located outside India were behind the recent rise in Rahul's popularity on the social media platform. "The real issue is why is every minister jumping on Rahul Gandhi but silent on the questions that he is raising... they are not about Russian Federation or Kazhakhstan but about the issues faced by every Indian". Singh said these issues were raised by Rahul on Twitter, and "who is tweeting it and retweeting it... those are side issues".

The party also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders use bad language against Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders, but the party never uses defamatory words on the social networking site.

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