Call it the effect of the recent liquor ban in Bihar or a result of his huge win in the last assembly elections, the popularity of chief minister Nitish Kumar on Twitter has increased considerably in recent months.
In fact, in terms of attracting new followers on Twitter, Kumar has jumped ahead of his Grand Alliance partner and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his rival and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Between October last year and this Sunday (April 17), Nitish Kumar, who uses the Twitter handle @NitishKumar to air his views on the microblogging site, has amassed 1.86 lakh new followers. Till the end of September last year, Kumar was followed by around 96,700 people.
Close behind is Lalu Prasad, whose Twitter handle @laluprasadrjd was followed by 1.68 lakh new users till Sunday. Similarly, 1.2 lakh new followers were added to Sushil Kumar Modi’s Twitter handle @SushilModi between October last year and this Sunday. However, Modi need not worry, at least for now.
For, despite having the highest number of new followers, Kumar is still behind both Modi and Prasad when it comes to having the most number of followers.
With 3.8 lakh followers till date, Sushil Modi is ahead of Lalu Prasad, who has 2.91 lakh followers and Kumar, who is followed by 2.83 lakh followers. The three leaders were ranked in the same order in September last year too.
As for the recent tweets that mention Kumar’s Twitter handle, several are congratulatory, lauding him for banning liquor in the state and calling it a commendable move. But, Kumar’s alleged failure to deal with the increase in incidents of crime in the state also makes him a constant target of his followers and other Twitter users, who lambast him for this shortcoming.
By the way, the buzz about Kumar harbouring dreams of becoming Prime Minister in 2019 has been doing the rounds for quite some time now.
But as far as defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of Twitter popularity is concerned, Kumar still has a long way to go. The PM is currently followed by 1.94 crore users, having garnered 43 lakh new followers during the same period in which Kumar added 1.86 lakh new followers.
As for the most talked about topic regarding Bihar, the total prohibition takes the cake as it still attracts a large number of posts and comments on various social media platforms even 13 days after its implementation.
The posts range from jokes on the ban and laudatory messages for the authorities. Many also make scathing attacks on the enforcers and forecast that the ban will completely fail in the coming months.