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Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?

Uday Deb Uday Deb
Bennie Garza | 21 October, 2017, 16:11

Union minister Smriti Irani took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's rising popularity on Twitter after an ANI report revealed that a number of his Twitter bot followers hailed from Russia, Indonesia and 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.

In a cryptic Hindi tweet, Gandhi said: "Mitron (friends), will not speak about "Shah-zada", nor will let anyone speak". She also wished Rahul Gandhi on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.

BJP on Friday responded to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's criticism of Election Commission's decision not to announce the dates for Gujarat assembly poll as a desperate bid to build an excuse to shield Rahul Gandhi from an impending defeat in the state.

Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah has denied all the allegations saying that his company was perfectly legitimate and legal. Jay Shah had recently filed a criminal defamation case against The Wire after it published an article claiming the turnover of a company run by him saw a huge rise after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014. "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 court had granted an injunction on Jay Shah's plea on Monday, restraining the defendants from publishing, printing, telecasting, broadcasting or holding debates in any language on the basis of the article published by the news portal, pending hearing and disposal of the matter. Therefore Rahul also addressed Jay Shah as the "Shah-Zada". "Why this, why this Kolaveri Da?", he had earlier tweeted. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will appear for Jay Shah in the defamation case.

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