Tuesday’s tweet seems to address that comment, if anyone ever doubted Rahul Gandhi’s prowess in the Japanese martial arts form Aikido that is based on the concept of resolving conflict in a non-lethal, non-disruptive, yet effective way.
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi in Aikido stances made a splash on social media today, just days after a flap
over “Pidi Gandhi” – the pet that the Congress Vice President quipped was tweeting from his handle
In a tweet shared by Congress and actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana, the 47-year-old is seen in
various Aikido positions with a Sensei, Paritos Kar. The tweet confirms what he had shared with an
audience last week, responding to a question by Olympian Vijender Singh.
“I am a black belt in Aikido – have you heard of it? But I don’t talk about it publicly. I do one hour
of sports every day, though I admit I haven’t been doing much in the past three-four months,” Mr Gandhi
said at a business event, when Vijender commented that politicians rarely promoted or participated in
The champion boxer suggested, why not put up a video to inspire people? “Fine…I will…” Mr Gandhi
had replied, grinning.
Tuesday’s tweet seems to address that comment, if anyone ever doubted the Congress leader’s prowess in
the Japanese martial arts form that is based on the concept of resolving conflict in a non-lethal, non
-disruptive, yet effective way.
The tweet, which has drawn over 400 likes and nearly 200 re-tweets, is another example of the social
media rebranding of Congress’s number two leader and president-in-waiting.
On the weekend, his own tweet made waves on Twitter, drawing laughter, criticism and derision.
Pidi Gandhi – a sarcastic comeback to critics who snark that someone else has been tweeting for the
Congress vice president and is thus responsible for his newfound social media savvy – became a top
trend and stayed there.
The tweet scored over 33,000 likes and 13,000 re-tweets, and produced at least eight parody Pidi sites.
A comment by BJP leader Himanta Biswas added a political twist to the buzz. “Sir @OfficeOfRG, who knows
him better than me. Still remember you busy feeding biscuits to him while we wanted to discuss urgent
Assam’s issues,” posted the former Congressman who quit the party in Assam protesting against what he
called the apathy of Mr Gandhi. After joining the BJP, he delivered several wins in the north east for
Mr Gandhi has four million followers on Twitter. He has recently ramped up his Twitter engagement,
delivering sharp jibes at the BJP, the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BJP has accused Mr Gandhi of using bots or fake accounts to inflate his following on the site, but
the Congress rubbishes the charge.