first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has suggested that a politician who uses bots to become more popular on social media, is like an athlete who consumes banned substances to improve his performance.He did so on Saturday, after the news agency ANI reported that “alleged ‘bots’ with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian characteristic” had been “routinely RT-ing” tweets posted by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.Just hours after the report was published, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, a BJP MP, suggested that the Congress was taking “desperate measures.” And Union Minister Smriti Irani asked, in a tweet that dripped with sarcasm, if Rahul Gandhi planned to sweep elections in the three countries mentioned in the report.And Rathore himself had more to say.In sports, this would come under Doping…. hey wait!??does dope remind you of someone ??? Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 21, 2017’Dope’ can mean an illegal drug. It can also mean an idiot.Some Twitter users were not amused. They wrote back.Hey u r a minister not a troll .- bharat sharma (@bharatbs13) October 21, 2017Just so you know. That was in dreadful taste. Grow up!- Vidya Shankar Aiyar (@VidShankarAiyar) October 21, 2017I think u are a sportsman, have some sportsman spirit. He is getting popular because of your mistakes and over confidence- Bharadwaj (@hopeful_indians) October 21, 2017Instead of doing ur work , u r doing this shamefull , apna kam karo shayad cabinet min mil jaye ( abhi to mos hai )- Anant S (@Johndoe75451447) October 21, 2017During Rahul Gandhi’s recent trip to the University of California at Berkeley, he was asked how he would counter the “1,000 BJP workers sitting on computers to show him up as a reluctant and stupid politician.”His response? He said he would talk to more people, and show them who he really was.advertisementWATCH | Twitter war: What Smriti Irani said on surge in Rahul Gandhi’s social media popularitylast_img

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