New Delhi: With over 50 million followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the most followed Indian on the microblogging site Twitter. The official Twitter handle of Prime Minister’s Office, on the other hand, has crossed 30 million followers.
Notably, the official Twitter handle of the Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi stands a little behind that of US President Donald Trump, who has 64 million followers. However, no Indian politician has dared to even remain closer to PM Modi’s Twitter follower base figures. On the first spot remains Barack Obama, the former US President, with over 108 million Twitter followers.
Acknowledging the huge follower base, many leaders took to Twitter to congratulate the prime minister. BJP legislator and leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta on Wednesday tweeted, “Congratulations to PM @narendramodi for crossing the 50 million mark on @Twitter. A trendsetter in the digital space, he has used the platform most creatively to give rise to social movements and make governance more participative.”
Modi, who is quite famous for his oratory skills, is also very active on Twitter and regularly puts out texts on everything — from his speeches at various platforms to the places he went and the people he met.
He started using the platform in 2009 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat and his popularity grew overwhelmingly as he assumed the office of Prime Minister in 2014.
Last year, an international survey ranked Modi among the top three leaders of the world.
An annual survey by Gallup International put Prime Minister Modi at number three among the global leaders.
The respondents in the survey, which was conducted among the people across 50 countries, rated Modi ahead of China’s Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, then British prime minister Theresa May, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu amongst others.
The top ranking in the survey went to German chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
(With agency inputs)