Within 24 hours of joining Twitter, Congress’ ‘Nayi Umeed’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has amassed over 1.4 lakh followers on the micro-blogging site.
News agency PTI quoted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor comparing the party’s new secretary in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh to Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, hailing her as a "new superstar on social media".
Tharoor, who is among the first from Congress to have joined the Twitter bandwagon and the party's second most-followed leader after its president Rahul Gandhi on this medium, said:
"“Rajinikanth was the only person who in his first 24 hours on Twitter got 2 lakh followers. Given that Priyanka Gandhi has had only 12 hours on Twitter (so far) and she has got one lakh followers she seems to be on course to rival Rajinikanth. Looks like a new superstar on social media is born.”"
Earlier on 11 January, Tharoor had also taken to Twitter to welcome Vadra on to the platform.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 11, 2019
Apart from Tharoor, several other leaders too took to the social media platform to welcome Vadra’s debut.
Very pleased to welcome AICC General Secretary Smt. @priyankagandhi to Twitter.
Along with @RahulGandhi's vision and leadership, her campaign will invigorate our party workers and the masses towards supporting the Congress party in the Loksabha Election. pic.twitter.com/2Y5sZeVles
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) February 11, 2019
Absolute delight to welcome @PriyankaGandhi ji to the twitter-verse. Her able & dynamic leadership in Uttar Pradesh will enthuse @INCIndia’s cadres in the run up to Lok Sabha Elections this year. My best regards & wishes as you embark on your political journey. #NayiUmeedNayaDesh pic.twitter.com/LdAgDEb2xq
— Uttam Kumar Reddy (@UttamTPCC) February 11, 2019
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) February 11, 2019
Vadra had joined Twitter ahead of her roadshow in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on Monday, 11 February. Congress’ Twitter handle had tweeted out the news on Monday, confirming that the new general secretary of eastern Uttar Pradesh had officially debuted on the social media platform.
Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is now on Twitter. You may follow her at @priyankagandhi
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 11, 2019
While there were no tweets from the handle, it followed seven people at the time this story was written, among them are Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and Randeep Singh Surjewala.
(This story has been updated to relect Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s new follower count.)
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