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Rahul Gandhi's jibe at PM Modi over use of social media draws flak from Smriti Irani

22 April, 2017 5:13 PM
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Rahul Gandhi's comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice to bureaucrats on use of social media has drawn a sharp rebuke from Smriti Irani.

Both Gandhi and Irani got into a twitter spat after Gandhi slammed PM Modi for asking top bureaucrats to stop using social media for self promotion.

"Leading by example is clearly overrated," Gandhi said on Twitter, after Modi told bureaucrats yesterday not to use social media for self-promotion or spend too much time online.

Smriti Irani fired a retaliatory salvo at the Congress vice president with a tweet, "Look who is talking about being overrated". The tweet was accompanied by a smiley.

Irani has had frequent run-ins with Gandhi ever since she unsuccessfully contested from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat in 2014 against the Congress leader.

The prime minister actively uses the social media to connect with the public and is the most followed leader on Twitter and Instagram in the country.

Modi has 29.3 million followers on Twitter and has emerged as the most followed world leader on photo-sharing app Instagram with a whopping 6.9 million followers, surpassing US President Donald Trump.


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