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Fake Popularity!

Updated: August 3, 2013 3:32 pm

IT appears the days of Shashi Tharoor and Narendra Modi are over on the social media. For, the latest political leader vying for popularity on social media seems to be Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. His official Facebook page “Apka Mukhyamantri” is buying ‘likes’ to fake his popularity. His official page had 1,69,077 ‘likes’ until June 1, with the highest number of ‘likes’ coming in the week of May 5. However, the number jumped to 2,14,639 by June 30, which also overtook May 5 as the most popular week. But the issue became a national furor after the BJP spokesperson Jyoti Kiran brought it to the media. Until June 1, Gehlot’s ‘most popular city’, a feature that shows where most followers come from, was Jaipur. But, after the jump in ‘likes’, it changed to Istanbul. Here, the question arises: How did Gehlot become so talked about in Istanbul? Some IT companies are in the business of selling ‘likes’ in bulk, giving a false impression of popularity. Gehlot is allegedly buying ‘likes’ from these firms to fake his popularity. His claim of innocence was a complete sham, as the news came out in public that there was a sudden downfall in the ‘likes’ on his official Facebook page. The very next day, after the issue came to the fore, ‘likes’ started to fall and today the number of ‘likes’ on his official page stands at 1,96,621. So, it is clear now that the Congress party is faking Gehlot’s popularity on social media.

BJP’S Videshi Love

WHATEVER may be the result of Rajasthan assembly elections, the scenario will be interesting. Vasundhara Raje, who had been keeping a tight rein on the political scene for last few months, is nowhere to be seen these days. On the other hand, the impact of government’s flagship schemes has boosted the morale of the Congress workers. Consequently, BJP workers’ fervor seems to have subsided vis-à-vis Congress workers. However, both parties are equal on one front. They are using foreign specialists and techniques to endear the voters towards them. While Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is increasing his fan following on Facebook, BJP is managing its social media reach with the help of foreign specialists.

Interestingly, BJP, which talks of Swadeshi, has appointed two female specialists from America, for its election campaign and social media management. Only time will tell what the result will be.


UTTAR Pradesh BJP’s senior leader and former urban development minister Lalji Tandon is upset these days. He is sharing his agony with his near ones and with media. Actually, he is Member of Parliament from Lucknow seat, which was represented by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, in recent times, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and now Narendra Modi are rumoured to contest election from this seat. Nobody is asking Tandon what he wants. He himself wants to contest from Lucknow, which he nurtured from the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His supporters are asking: Why should Tandon bear the brunt of Rajnath Singh’s or Murli Manohar Joshi’s negligence of their constituencies?

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