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Rahul Gandhi debuts on Twitter, 'Office of RG' tweets about his schedule

A day after its debut on Twitter, 'Office of RG' has acknowledged it is the official account of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. 

"Watch this space for information and updates on Rahul Gandhi's official programs and upcoming events," said the first tweet on Thursday.

The first announcement on the account was that the Congress leader will begin a 15km padayatra in  Telangana's Adilabad district on May 12.

On 12th May Rahul Gandhi will begin a 15km padyatra in Telangana's Adilabad Dist- covering 5 villages,starting from Wadial Village

Earlier there was a bit of suspense over the account but a source in his team said that they were monitoring responses from the Twitter community before going ahead with the tweets.

The account which had over 16 thousand followers by Thursday noon  will tweet highlights of his ongoing campaigns, public speeches and statements to the media.

Gandhi had so far stayed away from the social media, a move seen by political experts as a chink in  his campaigns in a country that has millions of Twitter users.

In comparison, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has over 12 million followers and Aam Aadmi party chief Arvind Kejriwal has over 4.3 million. Active social media campaigns were part of their election to power.

Since he returned from a recent sabbatical, Gandhi has actively taken up issues including net neutrality, and a section of the Congress feels his absence from the social media was not helping his cause.

Sources said Gandhi had stayed away from Twitter so far as he was apprehensive of being trolled by hired and freelance followers of  political rivals.

Earlier knives are out for him in twitterdom. 'Arrogance Personified , He didn't open his account, instead @OfficeOfRG.. Behaving like a monarch,' said a tweet from @piyushkaul. "Breaking: Rahul Gandhi is on Twitter now: @OfficeOfRG. Direct your jokes here," tweeted   @GabbbarSingh.

Hundreds of others were merely wondering aloud whether it was a fake account and why he had nothing to say.
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