Twitter has emerged as a leading platform for celebrities to make their views public and interact with fans. A group called Friend of Rahul Gandhi have started a petition to get the Congress vice-president to join Twitter.
The group has a Twitter account that has 250 followers and tweets petition details and Rahul Gandhi related news. Here is one tweet,
The profile has a bio on Twitter that reads,
"Friends, Well Wishers & Fans of RAHUL GANDHI who want to see him as next PM of India. We will track news & updates related to him. RAHUL FOR PM."
On their website www.friendsofrahul.com the group has a petition that has so far received 85 signatures. The petition reads,
"Dear Rahul Gandhi,
This is an initiative by FRIENDS OF RAHUL (a community of Friends, Well wishers & Fans of Rahul Gandhi).
We wish to see you on Twitter. You remain the Youth Icon of India & should embrace this medium to connect with not only the youth but various netizens on twitter across the globe.
This should help in media management irrespective of your frequency of interacting with media. Through this petition we are requesting you to be on twitter. It could even be an official account managed on your behalf with some tweets directly by you, which could be signed distinctively.
I am joining this initiative. Please consider our request.
Kavita Patel, 28, a stock broker who signed the petition said, "Rahul Gandhi needs to join Twitter to better express himself. There are a number of people who like him but often his view is not known and so he is misunderstood. Being on Twitter will help him be more vocal and better interact with the young people in India."
Sohan Lal, 24, a media student said, "I signed the petition because I like Rahul Gandhi, he has integrity and in my view truly represents young India. Being on Twitter will surely help him be understood better."
Whether Rahul Gandhi will respond to the petition and comply by joining Twitter is to be seen, but there are also detractors who do not want him to be on Twitter.
Gail Nathan, 34, a banker said, "Rahul Gandhi not being on Twitter is better. He seems so confused, he will just be made fun of."
Paras Jain, 40, a teacher said, "In my view Manmohan Singh's Twitter account is very boring, if Rahul Gandhi joins Twitter, I bet he will beat the PM in bad tweets."