Rahul Gandhi may take over as Congress president on October 30

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Recent reports have mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is overtaking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of popularity on twitter and that the Congress leader is getting raised volumes of retweets now which probably made the new agency go for an in-depth analysis of his account.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's elevation as the party chief is likely to be announced on October 26.

BJP leaders charged that the Twitter handles supporting Rahul, and retweeting his tweets, were computer-generated and were dubiously coming from countries such as Kazakstan, Russia and Indonesia.

Rahul's account has also seen an increasing in the number of followers- he has gained more than one million followers on Twitter in the past three months. Activist Tehseen Poonawalla pointed out how among those who retweeted Modi's tweets also included an escort agency. A closer inspection of the Twitter accounts showed they had less than 10 followers and retweeted random subjects from around the world, including those of Rahul Gandhi.

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

Head of the Congress's social media team Divyaspandana said, "Story is factually wrong". Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

"The real issue here is the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi", party spokesperson RPN Singh told The Indian Express. "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". Now, handles friendly to the Congress have charted out what Irani's followers look like, labelling her the "queen of fake followers".

BJP's Amit Malviya, in-charge of the party's national Information and Technology, tweeted saying: "Rahul Gandhi should have known that popularity can't be bought, certainly not from Russia, Kazakhstan. Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Ramya tweeted.

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