The Hush Post: Is Twitter an Amitabh Bachchan’s pretext to cosy up to the Congress again? Well, of late Amitabh Bachchan is following senior Congress party politicians on Twitter. Surprisingly, he is also following some of the younger lot like Randeep Singh Surjewala of Congress and Gopal Rai of AAP.
But more importantly, he is following leaders like Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s official Twitter handle. Other Congress leaders he is following are Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Ahmed Patel, Sachin Pilot, CP Joshi and Jyotiraditya Scindia from this February.
Others he recently started following include Congress leaders like Randeep Surjewala, Shakeel Ahmed, Manish Tewari, Sanjay Nirupam, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Sanjay Jha.
Whether Amitabh is in talks with those in the higher echelons of the party is just a speculation, it has resulted into a hush-hush debate about his sudden interest in the 133-year-old political organisation to which, he, his father were once very close and later fell apart.
Bachchan was compelled to enter politics after Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 and won as an MP from Allahabad against Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna. Later, he was embroiled in Bofors gun deal case after which he quit politics.
He fell out with the Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi in the 90s and then grew closer to Amar Singh and later, the husband-wife duo of Amitabh-Jaya also allegedly abandoned Amar Singh, when Mulayam threw him out and Jaya refused to vacate the Rajya Sabha seat as Samajwadi Party member.
Now, there are rumours that Bachchan is cosying up to the Congress party only because there seems to be a quid pro quo by the Congress in the days to come. Amitabh has more than 33 million followers on Twitter. However, he follows only 1,689 of them. Some opposition leaders whom the actor is following are RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his daughter Misa Bharti, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, Nitish Kumar of JD(U), Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai, Ashish Khetan and Kumar Vishwas. Amitabh also follows BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu.