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Bihar: Nitish 2nd most-followed CM on Twitter


PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who had said ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that Twitter is ‘chi chi che che (chirping of birds)’, is the second one most-followed CM at the micro blogging website. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tops the listing with a whopping 1,46,24,715 fans as on Saturday, whilst Nitish has 47,62,111 other folks following him at the micro blogging website.

Other CMs with relatively upper number of fans include Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu (41,83,564), West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (32,22,210), Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (25,19,399), Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (35,72,027) and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (34,06,114).

Meanwhile, RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who had as soon as shunned technology by announcing ‘Yeh IT-YT kya hota hai’, has 46,51,347 fans on Twitter. Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has, on the other hand, asked the Election Commission to be mindful of the jailed RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who's being “politically active” thru Twitter.

Lalu’s Twitter handle is being managed by his workplace in session along with his family ever since he was lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail at Ranchi on December 23, 2017, following his conviction in Doeghar treasury case under fodder scam. He is at the moment present process treatment at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Ranchi, the place most 3 other folks can meet him each Saturdays.

“Dear pals! While in jail, my Twitter handle will probably be operated by my workplace in session with family. I shall talk my mind thru guests. The battle to preserve the Constitution and offer protection to the rights of vulnerable teams shall pass on,” Lalu’s topmost or pinned tweet reads.

Sushil Kumar Modi, who has 18,26,140 fans on Twitter, on the other hand, tweeted on Thursday, “Lalu Prasad has been disqualified from contesting elections following his convictions in four fodder scam instances. Despite this, if he has been politically active the usage of social media, the Election Commission must be mindful of it.”

Lalu joined Twitter in August 2012, Nitish in May 2010 and the deputy CM in May 2011.

According to social media professionals, political events started hanging better emphasis on social media platforms after 2014 common elections, especially after the arrival of modern day poll strategists like Prashant Kishor, who's now the vice-president of JD(U). Even in 2015 meeting elections in Bihar, during which Narendra Modi-Amit Shah juggernaut confronted a large defeat by the hands of Mahagathbandhan of RJD-JD(U) and Congress, professionals from Prashant’s crew individually managed the Twitter handle and Facebook account of Nitish.

Ironically, Nitish had said on September 2, 2013 that Twitter is ‘chi chi che che’. “Let them (BJP and Congress) do that each morning,” he had informed newshounds.

“The use of social media platforms as device for mass outreach by political events has increased from the closing common election. Even within the contemporary meeting elections in Madhya Pradesh, Congress extensively used ShareChat mobile application for circulating election propagandas. Several different programs, such as TikTok, are also extensively used in tier-2 and three cities for making electoral propaganda viral. Social media, actually, plays a crucial role when the margin of votes is thin,” said Jai Vardhan, founding father of a Gurgaon-based startup company.


He, on the other hand, added social media also comes with its evil of fake information. It is perhaps in popularity of the unregulated utilization of social media platforms that Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued social media guidelines for candidates in addition to the IT giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


The use of social media platforms becomes all the more important in a state like Bihar, which has very high level of penetration of smartphones. Bihar seems at second from most sensible within the nation when it comes to city tele density after Kerala, as in step with Bihar Economic Survey 2018-19.


It is in popularity of the mass achieve of social media platforms that Lalu’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has been a typical Twitterrati. “Despite being a conventional celebration, we have now realised the importance of social media over the last six to seven years. It is a medium to achieve out to the audience. It is a good medium for quick spread of perspectives and propaganda,” Tejashwi’s political adviser Sanjay Yadav said.




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