Finally, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has also entered the social media and shed the role of a disinterested politician by joining Twitter on 6 May.
The account, having a photograph of Gandhi, has more than 26,000 followers by May 7 evening, including the official Twitter account of the National Students Union of India (NSUI).
A senior party leader, who was in the know of the development, said the account was authentic and was of Gandhi’s office. “It is yet to be verified because it was launched only today, but it is his account,” the party leader said.
In the absence of an official party communication, the authenticity of the Twitter account could not be verified.
The Gandhi scion went on a nearly two-month-long sabbatical during the first half of the budget session of Parliament, but returned to engage vigorously with the public on several issues.
These include the real estate bill and the controversial land acquisition amendment bill. Since his return, Gandhi has made several interventions in the Lok Sabha on the issue of farm distress and net neutrality.
An active social media campaign was one the crucial factors, which helped Prime Minister Narendra Modiin connecting with the youth and people in urban areas, especially in 2014 general elections.
Modi has 12.1 million followers on his account and is the third most followed leader globally.