The report has even stated the alleged bots were from Russia, Kazakhstan or Indonesia. A closer inspection of the Twitter accounts showed they had less than 10 followers and retweeted random subjects from around the world, including those of Rahul Gandhi. Aiming a barb at Gandhi, she said, "perhaps Rahul is planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan".
Irani has always been sharp at countering the Congress vice president and one of the recent examples include the sarcastic comment from the union minister over the Global Index Report.
"In their desperation to crown Rahul Gandhi, Congress bought him some love from Russian Federation too!" another tweet said.
Rathore, MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, tweeted, "In sports, this would come under "Doping"...hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone".
Gandhi and Irani fought the political battle in Lok Sabha election 2014 from Amethi.
As on Friday, Gandhi has 3.81 million followers and 3,352 tweets.
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Rahul Gandhi's twitter handle "OfficeofRG" has been the topic of various news outlets recently, citing a rise in retweets as evidence of a resurgence of Rahul Gandhi's interaction on social media.
Replying to Smriti's tweet, Spandana wrote: "Why do we need them when we have you?"
The report which is being widely shared on social media, alleging bots behind Rahul's popularity on twitter further details the profiles of the users who are retweeting the politician.
"The real issue here is the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi", party spokesperson RPN Singh told The Indian Express. Why are they not answering.Why are they not answering questions raised by him (Gandhi) about farmers?
Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani took to the microblogging website to suggest that the retweets were from fake accounts overseas.
The party also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders use bad language against Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders, but the party never uses defamatory words on the social networking site.