Tandon’s Facebook page gets 11,000 ‘likes’ from Istanbul
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The popularity of local leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party does not seem to be confined to Chandigarh. If the "likes" on the Facebook page of president of the city unit of the party Sanjay Tandon are anything to go by, he has a large fan base in Istanbul, Turkey. Interestingly, the number of his "fans" in Istanbul increased from two on December 18 to more than 11,000 within two days.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the politicians have a fierce competition in the cyber world as well.
As for the BJP, there are three contenders for the Lok Sabha ticket from Chandigarh and there is a tough race going on. In this race Tandon had been lagging behind both senior leaders Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan. However, between December 18 and 19, the number of Facebook "likes" of Tandon witnessed a spurt and he crossed the 30,000 mark. A message was put up on his Facebook page, thanking the city residents.
However, it seems that it is not the city residents who deserved the thanks. A break-up of the likes shows that the likes from Istanbul on Tandon's page were two on December 18. This increased to 9,955 on December 19 and then to 11,743 a day later. As compared to that, his fans in India increased from 17,845 on December 18 to 18,009 on December 19.
When questioned about this, Tandon said that he was not aware of the likes being from Istanbul. "My office manages the Facebook page. I will look into the issue," he said.
Earlier this year, it was the former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot whose Facebook page was found to have a large number of likes from Istanbul. This had led to a much hue and cry.
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