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Amitabh Bachchan following Congress leaders on Twitter

Divya Hemnani | Updated on: 22 February 2018, 13:58 IST

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who was once close to congress and Nehru family started following several Congress leaders on Twitter. He recently began following RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son , Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who is the youngest deputy chief minister in the country, from February 2.

Recently, he also started following several other senior congress leaders on Twitter which triggered speculation over his sudden interest in the party that he was once close to and drifted away in the past years.

Amitabh Bachchan started following Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party's official Twitter handle, he began following senior party leaders like P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and CP Joshi, from this month.

He also started following several other Congress members on Twitter such as Manish Tewari, Shakeel Ahmed, Sanjay Nirupam, Randeep Surjewala Priyanka Chaturvedi and Sanjay Jha, JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury. He also follows the RJD's official Twitter handle, NC's Omar Abdullah and NCP's Supriya Sule.

He was once close to the Nehru-Gandhi family and was a friend of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat. He has over 33.1 million followers on Twitter and follows only 1,689 people. His sudden love for the Congress and some other opposition leaders have taken social media by surprise.

Manish Tewari, who was one of the Congress leaders recently followed by the actor, thanked him but did not say anything more about the timing and political significance.

"Thank you Sh Amitabh Bachan for following me and it is my privilege to follow the icon of Indian cinema who we grew up watching first-day first-show every new release. Those days in the late 70s & early 80s a balcony ticket in Chandigarh was Rs. 3. Unbelievable today", he tweeted.

Apart from following Congress leaders, Amitabh Bachchan also follows a number of BJP leaders which includes ministers Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu.

First published: 22 February 2018, 13:58 IST