Late in Twitter Lane, Yogi miles ahead in popularity

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Late in Twitter Lane, Yogi miles ahead in popularity

Enjoys 17.1 million followers, Priyanka lags with 4.3 mn

Yogi aides claim the CM is the top choice among the people for his ‘unprecedented’ benchmark of governance


LUCKNOW, Jan 19 (The CONNECT) – UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been a rather late entrant in the now overarching cyber space and its different social media outlets.

Nonetheless, the monk-turned-politician has amassed sizeable following on micro-blogging site Twitter.

With more than 17 million followers, Yogi tops former UP CM and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who has 15.5 million followers on Twitter.

As UP is inching towards crucial state polls, a report by social media political consultancy firm Polstrat has put Yogi among the top social media figures in India.

Interestingly, Congress general secretary in charge of UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is tirelessly working to reenergise the comatose state organisational set up, trails much behind with 4.3 million followers.

Former UP CM and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, who is also a late entrant to the social media space, has so far garnered just about 2.3 million followers.

In comparison, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has higher number of Twitter followers at 23.9 million.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has comparatively lower quantum of Twitter followers at 6.4 million, while her Punjab counterpart Charanjit Singh Channi has paltry a little over 181,000 Twitter followers.

According to a UP government functionary, the social media popularity of CM Adityanath indicated he was “the top choice among the people” for the upcoming elections because of the “unprecedented benchmark of governance’ under his leadership.

Yogi had joined Twitter in September 2015, much after now SP president Akhilesh Yadav had debuted on the micro-blogging platform in July 2009.

However, the Twitter handle of Yogi has ever since been quite active in posting fresh information and comments, which continues to gain traction in terms of new followers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the most followed public personalities in the world with nearly 74.4 million followers, whereas top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has 19.5 million followers.

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