Modi most followed on Twitter, Kejriwal biggest gainer
BJP's Narendra Modi remains the
'most-followed' Indian politician on Twitter by a wide margin
of over 15 lakh followers, but it's AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal
who has gained the most with about 6.3 lakh new followers in
just over last three months.
With Twitter emerging as a major campaign-ground for the
first time for Lok Sabha elections, all major parties and
leaders are using this platform and other social networks to
reach out to the people, especially the young population which
is present on these online forums in a big way.
According to latest data compiled by Twitter
, the India
Indian unit of US-based microblogging giant, BJP's Prime
Ministerial candidate has now close to 3.7 million followers
-- the highest for any Indian politician.
Modi has a lead of more than 1.5 million over second-
ranked Shashi Tharoor, a Congress leader with 2.13 million
Kejriwal (1.62 million) comes third, followed by Manmohan
Singh (1.17 million) at fourth, BJP's Sushma Swaraj in the
fifth spot (1.03 million) and beauty queen-turned-politician
Gul Panag at sixth (0.83 million), Twitter data shows.
Subramaniam Swamy of BJP is at seventh (0.49 million),
J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah is ranked eighth (0.48
million), Ajay Maken of Congress at ninth (0.27 million) and
Kumar Vishwas of AAP at 10th (0.25 million).
The top 20 club also includes Smriti Irani, Shivraj Singh
Chouhan, Derek O'Brien, Varun Gandhi and Meenkashi Lekhi,
among others, shows the data as on April 12, 2014.
However, when it comes to the rise in number of followers
since January 1, 2014 -- a period also marked with increased
political activities -- Kejriwal, who headed
for 49 days after his AAP rewrote history in assembly polls
last year, has seen over 6.29 lakh additional followers.
Modi comes a close second with 6.28 lakh new followers in
the same period, followed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
(1.8 lakh), Sushma Swaraj (1.76 lakh), Kumar Vishwas (1.28
lakh) and Shashi Tharoor (1.26 lakh) among the top-20
politicians, shows the data from the micro-blogging site.