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Priyanka gets over 1-lakh Twitter followers within hours, Tharoor says 'social media superstar' born

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

on Monday joined and garnered a massive response, attracting over one lakh followers on the platform within 10 hours.

Comparing her first-day popularity on the micro-blogging website to that of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, senior hailed her as a "new superstar on social media".

Tharoor, who is among the first from to have joined the bandwagon and the party's second most-followed after its Rahul on this medium, said "Rajnikanth was the only person who in his his first 24 hours on got 2 lakh followers.

"Given that has had only 12 hours on Twitter (so far) and she has got one lakh followers she seems to be on course to rival Rajnikanth. Looks like a new superstar on is born," he told

Significantly, she was yet to post her first tweet when the number of her followers crossed the one-lakh mark.

Her logging on to Twitter with the account @priyankagandhi also came on the day of her maiden visit to as an AICC

"Smt is now on Twitter. You may follow her at @priyankagandhi," a tweet from the Congress' official Twitter handle said.

At the last count, she followed seven accounts, including the Congress' official handle and those of her Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot, and

Priyanka Gandhi (47) and Scindia (48) took charge as AICC UP east and UP west, respectively, last week.

The Congress seems to have learnt its lessons from 2014, and has been scaling up its operations on platforms to challenge the BJP on a front which has been the saffron party's forte.

has also been using Twitter for his attacks on the government and analysts credit his for a turnaround of his image among the people.

Earlier, Tharoor welcomed Priyanka Gandhi on Twitter, saying: "It was once a lonely furrow for a to plough glad to see @INCIndia stalwarts now all take to it with enthusiasm."

has over 8.47 followers on Twitter to Tharoor's 6.75 million followers.

remains the most-followed Indian with 45.4 million followers on Twitter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:45 IST