OBC neta Alpesh Thakor to join Congress in Rahul Gandhi's presence

Saul Bowman
October 23, 2017

He rejected the news agency's claims that "bots" were behind the perceived rise in Gandhi's popularity on Twitter.

The report has even stated the alleged bots were from Russia, Kazakhstan or Indonesia. Further scrutiny of these Twitter accounts showed that the follower list was usually under 10 users and retweets comprised of random topics from across the world and those of Rahul Gandhi. She tweeted that Rahul Gandhi is planning to sweep the elections in Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Russian Federation.

Irani has always been sharp at countering the Congress vice president and one of the recent examples include the sarcastic comment from the union minister over the Global Index Report.

Alpesh Thakor, the leader of OBC, SC and ST (OSS) Ekta Manch, will formally join the Congress at a mega rally in Gandhinagar in presence of Rahul Gandhi on Monday, just days before the Gandhi scion would take over the party reins.

Rathore, MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, tweeted, "In sports, this would come under "Doping"...hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone".

Another Congress leader and former Union minister RPN Singh said it is unimportant how many times a tweet has been retweeted.

Irani also retweeted the reactions of other netizens, including Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar who tweeted, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?". Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

Smriti Irani shared a report which raised questions on Congress vice-president's Twitter followers. "Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Ramya tweeted.

Lal raised two questions at the end of that piece, asking whether BJP supporters were using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to mask their IP addresses, or whether the party had hired a marketing agency out of Thailand.

Fake Twitter followers and "bots" going on Retweet frenzies is not a new phenomenon.

Amit Malviya, the in-charge of the BJP's national information technology cell, launched an all-out attack on Rahul.

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