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Home / Lok Sabha Elections / Lok Sabha elections 2019: With 1.46 million followers, Khattar most buzzing Haryana politico on Twitter

Lok Sabha elections 2019: With 1.46 million followers, Khattar most buzzing Haryana politico on Twitter

Women politicians of the state are not as popular on Twitter as their male counter parts.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 05, 2019 12:22 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Neeraj Mohan
Hindustan Times, KARNAL
With 1,77,000 tweets so far, Khattar is  the most active politician of the state on the social media site.
With 1,77,000 tweets so far, Khattar is the most active politician of the state on the social media site.(HT Photo)

For a man who lived in political oblivion before 2014, being the most followed Haryana politico on Twitter is a feat, indeed! When 64-year-old Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar made his political debut four-and -a-half-years ago in assembly elections from Karnal, he was new to most people of the state.

But after becoming the CM, he has sprinted far ahead of famous and left seasoned politicians of the state with 1.46 million followers on the micro-blogging site. Moreover, with 1,77,000 tweets so far, Khattar is also the most active politician of the state on the social media site.

Next in the list is Randeep Singh Surjewala of the Congress. Having an advantage of being the national spokesperson of the Congress, Surjewala is the closest behind Khattar with 8,04,000 followers. Besides them, several other Congress leaders are garnering attention on the social media including industrialist and former MP Naveen Jindal who is followed by 2,76,000 people, while the party’s lone outgoing MP Deepender Hooda is followed by 2,20,000 people.

SOME LOSING POPULARITY

On the other hand some leaders like Kuldeep Bishnoi also losing the popularity. In May 2016, Bishnoi, the most followed leader in Haryana with 1,35,000 followers was slight ahead of CM Khattar, but now trails far behind several other politicians in the state.

Of the cabinet ministers in Haryana, Anil Vij- Gabbar Singh is most followed on Twitter with 2,26,000 followers. Perhaps Vij’s outburst on the social media site with controversial tweets over several issues is cause of his increasing popularity.

His colleague Captain Abhimanyu is close behind with 1,22,000 followers. Similarly, Haryana pradesh Congress committee president Ashok Tanwar with 1,15,000 followers is more popular than his political rival and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is followed by 1,05,000 people. Politicians like Abhay Chautala of Indian National Lok Dal, Congress’ Kumari Selja, Kiran Choudhry and Raj Kumar Saini of LSP, who are famous for being crowd pullers in rallies are trailing behind on Twitter. Even, Abhay with 7,017 followers is far behind his estranged jailed brother Ajay Chautala, who is followed by 14,500 people.

Women politicians of the state are not as popular on Twitter as their male counter parts. Surprisingly, general secretary and in-charge social media of Mahila Congress Chitra Sarwara, is the most followed woman politician of Haryana with 19,800 followers.

Chitra is followed by former minister Savitri Jindal, who is followed by 18,100 people, while cabinet minister Kavita Jain has 15,400 followers and Congress MLA Renuka Bishnoi has 12,300 followers.

Interestingly, senior women Congress leaders Kumari Selja and Kiran Choudhary are far behind, with 9,982 followers and 4,749 followers respectively.

Similarly, among the young politicians – Dushyant Chautala tops with 95,400 followers, followed by Naveen Jaihind of AAP with 37,400 followers, Digvijay with 14,500 followers and Bhavya Bishnoi with 11,300 followers.

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