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50 mn and counting: A peek into how PM Modi became one of the most-followed world leaders on social media

Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched the milestone of 50 million followers on Twitter, retaining his position as the third most-followed person on the microblogging platform. The only other people above him on the pecking order are US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama who have 64 million and 108 million followers respectively. PM Modi, who actively uses Twitter to voice his views on a wide array of topics, saw his following on Twitter increase nearly tenfold since relocating to 7, Race Course Road (now 7, Lok Kalyan Marg) – the Prime Minister’s official residence.

At the time of securing a landslide victory in the 2014 general elections, Modi had roughly 5.3 million followers. Modi began using Twitter in 2019. He is also on social networking apps like Facebook and Instagram, where has 44.8 million and 25 million followers respectively. Modi is the world’s most-followed world leader on Instagram. His most-liked post on the photo-sharing platform is one in which he seen cradling a baby inside Parliament.

“A very special friend came to meet me in Parliament today,” PM Modi wrote. The post has garnered over 3.7 million ‘likes’. Other photos from his Instagram feed that drew a lot of attention include that of him at the wedding of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, and that taken on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos last year.

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