NEW DELHI — Rahul Gandhi is finally on social media. Heralded for being a youth icon, the 44-year old Gandhi scion joined social networking site Twitter last week, and started tweeting today.
While there was skepticism last week if this was indeed Gandhi's official Twitter handle, all doubts were dispelled today in an e-mail press release from Gandhi's office. "We are happy to launch the Twitter account of the Office of Mr. Rahul Gandhi (@officeOfRG)," read the message.
His account, by the name of "Office of RG" is not a personalised handle, and if the first few tweets are anything to go by, it will only have information updates on the Congress Vice President's activities. Congress sources confirmed that Gandhi would not be tweeting himself.
Watch this space for information and updates on Rahul Gandhi's official programs and upcoming events— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 7, 2015
Sample this — the first tweet from the Twitter handle (@OfficeOfRG) announces his 15 kilometre "padyatra" (journey on foot) in Telangana's Adilabad district beginning on Tuesday, where he will cover five villages.
Within a couple of hours of Gandhi's account being verified as authentic, his following doubled to over 33,000 followers (and counting) on Thursday afternoon. While some welcomed him, the inevitable Twitter jokes started as well.
Meanwhile; welcome @OfficeOfRG to twitter. Statutory Warning: Use this place to say what you have to say. Just do NOT read the reactions. :)— Yashwant Deshmukh (@cvoter) May 7, 2015
However; looking at first two tweets of @OfficeOfRG it looks like a bureaucratic handle working like PIB of Govt. Its not by RaGa actually.— Yashwant Deshmukh (@cvoter) May 7, 2015
@OfficeOfRG welcome on twitter upcoming prime-minister of india , der aaye durust aaye slow &steady wins the race-wish u gud luck— nareshmidha (@nareshmidha) May 7, 2015
Golden chance for u to expose @narendramodi Sarkar— #GauravPradhan (@DrGPradhan) May 7, 2015
Human resources minister Smriti Irani has already agreed on Twitter to a public debate with Gandhi on Amethi. Gandhi raised the issue of Amethi Mega Food Park today in the Parliament, which was closed by the Modi government.
@BhateKetan I agree— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 7, 2015
Interestingly, if RaGa can get on Twitter, can parody accounts be far behind? An enterprising person jumped to claim the Twitter handle (@OfficeOffRG), declaring themselves the "official" parody account for Gandhi. The handle has close to a 100 tweets to its credit already, even though it was formed late last night.
(with PTI inputs)