Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defeated Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to become the most followed Indian on Twitter.
As on August 25, Modi has over 22.1 million followers on the social networking platform, while Bachchan marginally trailed with 22 million at the last count.
The number of followers of Modi’s account (@narendramodi) consistently increased by about a million every two months in 2015.
PTI reported that the followers on Modi’s account crossed the 15 million mark on September 22 last year, and touched 16 million on November 20. In 2016, the growth rate of Modi’s Twitter followers slowed down, with about 5 million users being added in around eight months.
He is also the world’s second most followed politician in the world, right after US President Barack Obama (@barackobama), as per Twitter. Modi joined the social media platform in 2009 and his government also encourages people and officials to use Twitter to communicate with each other.