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. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000.
While Gandhi's tweet also had a pun on demonetisation, an exercise vehemently opposed by the Congress and many other Opposition parties he, however, found support from leaders like former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who tweeted, "If I was Rahul Gandhi I'd be rubbing my hands with glee.The planted stories, the coordinated attack all highlight how anxious he has the BJP". She attached a report by the news agency ANI that said: "Bots behind the rise in Rahul Gandhi's Twitter popularity".
"The people are completely aware that this is what the problem with this country is and the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)'s false promises. people have lost patience".
The BJP's IT department has claimed that most of these fake accounts had less than 10 followers and only a few tweets. Recent reports had said that even with a tenth of Modi's followers, Rahul's tweets have been garnering more traction in the number of retweets.
The US President had put out a tweet about the improving relations between the two countries. Aiming a barb at Gandhi, she said, "perhaps Rahul is planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan".
Smriti's junior, Rajyavardhan Rathore, tweeted: "In sports, this would come under "Doping". hey wait??" Rajeev Chandrashekhar, NDA's Kerala chief, wrote, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?" Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party. The alleged bots with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian feature indicate that fake followers were retweeting the Congress vice-president's tweets, according to The Economic Times.
"They (the BJP) are afraid of Rahul Gandhi and his popularity", he told TV channels.
"The BJP refuses to react, address and clear the air as far as the real issues are concerned which touch every Indian".
Sources say Mullappally Ramachandran, MP from Kerala, who heads the CEA, has already handed over a tentative schedule to Sonia Gandhi.