Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi, BJP again over Shah's son Jay Shah

Laura Christensen
October 23, 2017

Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday targeted Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi after a media report claimed that the recent uptick in his social media traction may well be due to bots. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000.

Rahul Gandhi's twitter handle 'OfficeofRG' has been the topic of various news outlets recently, citing a rise in retweets as evidence of a resurgence of Rahul Gandhi's interaction on social media.

"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". About 3.83 million accounts follow Rahul's @OfficeOfRG handle. Activist Tehseen Poonawalla pointed out how among those who retweeted Modi's tweets also included an escort agency.

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. Aiming a barb at Gandhi, she said, "perhaps Rahul is planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan".

"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. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, NDA's Kerala chief, wrote, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?"

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"The real issue here is the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi", party spokesperson RPN Singh told The Indian Express.

BJP leaders however, focused their attack on alleged bots used by the Congress to boost Gandhi's tweets, an allegation countered by the party.

BJP Party President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah has been in the headlines for a few day now.

Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani took to the microblogging website to suggest that the retweets were from fake accounts overseas. "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".

Sources say Mullappally Ramachandran, MP from Kerala, who heads the CEA, has already handed over a tentative schedule to Sonia Gandhi.

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