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

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

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

A war of words on Saturday broke out between the BJP and the Congress over Rahul Gandhi's Twitter resurgence after news agency ANI suggested "bots" or web robots that can produce automated mass retweets were behind it.

Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT cell, asked a TV news channel why the Congress has to "buy" support for Rahul Gandhi. 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.

Rahul's tweets have been garnering more traction in the number of retweets, reports.

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.

Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

As on Friday, Gandhi has 3.81 million followers and 3,352 tweets.

There are indications that the election of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as party chief is likely to be announced on October 26, soon after organisational elections the same day, sources in the party highcommand said. In a piece for DailyO in June a year ago, Lal took instances of three hashtags to show how Prime Minister Modi's visits trended on Twitter. While Rahul Gandhi recently targetted the PM Modi and Amit Shah over the controversy of the Jay Shah company.

In response, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani accused the Congress leader of being out on bail and insulting the court.

Cambridge Analytica was in the news during the US Presidential election cycle previous year for advising Donald Trump in precision voter targeting based on online habits of voters in different states. "You will have to speak to Twitter to get clarity".

But on Twitter, she also called ANI's report "factually wrong". "Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Divya tweeted.

Rajeev Shukla, Congress Rajya Sabha MP and Gandhi family loyalist, jumped to the party vice president's defence, saying social media connects the whole world and retweets originating from Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia should not be considered out of place.

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