Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP today raised questions on the authenticity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s popularity on Social Media and alleged that the CM has bought followers in his Twitter account.
At a press conference here, BJP general secretary Brugu Baxipatra targeted Naveen Patnaik for misleading public by inflating the number of his followers on Twitter and said most of the followers in Naveen’s Twitter handle are fake and dubious.
According to Baxipatra, fake followers are being created through software.
Naveen had set up his twitter handle in 2015 and a total of 674K people are following him.
The BJP alleged that the number of followers was limited to 1.5 lakh till June 2017 and his Twitter handle saw a surge of nearly 5 lakh followers within a span of 54 days.
BJP has further alleged that Naveen Patnaik’s twitter handle –‘naveen_Odisha’ has added 9,000 followers per day in July-August period this year in comparison to 2.5 posts per day. It was about 100 followers per day before July 2017.
These ghost followers neither have tweeted for a single time nor are they following any other celebrity or politician, added BJP.
Reacting on the BJP’s allegations State Information Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera said, “There are so many accounts in the CM’s Twitter handle which are yet to be verified but these are not fake accounts.”