PM Modi told NBC journalist ‘I saw your tweets,’ journalist replied ‘are you on Twitter?’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on his three-nation international trip. After his visit to Germany and Spain, the prime minister arrived in Russia on Thursday.

One of the reasons for Modi’s presence in Russia is to attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) starting from 1 June.

On 2 June, NBC News carried a short promotional video of its anchor Megyn Kelly with PM Modi and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, ahead of the SPIEF meeting.

In the video Kelly is seen welcoming the two heads of states while introducing herself.

No sooner does she complete her introduction, Modi tells Kelly, “I saw your tweets. With an umbrella.”

This leaves the NBC anchor visibly surprised as she reacts in utter disbelief.

She asks, “..Are you on Twitter (too)?”

 

Modi and Kelly don’t follow each other, so for the prime minister to be able to see Kelly’s photo was either through someone he followed retweeting or liking the image or he personally may have made an effort to go through Kelly’s profile.

This is was photo of Kelly that made Modi excited.

 

Modi is one of the most followed politicians on Twitter. His personal @narendramodi account has little more 30 million followers while his @PMOIndia account has 18.2 million followers.

Kelly, for her part, has over 2 million followers on Twitter.

The prime minister has successfully exploited the social media tools to extract desired electoral mileage in the past. According to many analysts, his ascendancy to power in 2014 was largely due to how he and his party, the BJP, used social media to their advantage.

It’s in this context that Kelly’s reaction will not go down well many Indians, particularly those die-hard supporters of PM Modi.

BJP’s detractors have been quick to poke fun at the Modi supporters in a bid to draw home a point that the world media had very little awareness about Modi despite his frequent foreign trips.

Here are some of the reactions;

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