NBC journalist Megyn Kelly asks second-most followed leader PM Modi: ‘Are you on Twitter?’

Many on Twitter expressed surprise that Kelly was unaware of PM Narendra Modi's social media following and especially his popularity on the microblogging platform.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 12:03 pm
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Popular journalist Megyn Kelly had a brief ‘egg-on-the-face’ moment in St Petersburg, Russia when she asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the second-most followed political leader on Twitter, whether he was on Twitter.

Kelly, who is in Russia to interview President Vladimir Putin, was attending the state dinner party at the Konstantin Palace when she met PM Modi. When PM Modi remarked that he had seen her tweet ‘with the umbrella’, Kelly broke into a laugh and asked, ‘Oh, are you on Twitter?’ to which the prime minister nodded yes.

Many on Twitter expressed surprise that Kelly was unaware of PM Modi’s social media following and especially his popularity on the micro-blogging platform.

PM Modi is the second-most followed current head of state on Twitter after Donald Trump with nearly 30 million followers. The prime minister is known for actively using the medium during his domestic and foreign tours, posting photos and videos and interacting with people. His official @PMOIndia handle has an additional 18 million followers.

The prime minister also commands more than 4 crore followers on Facebook and is the most followed world leader on Instagram with 6.8 million followers. He expanded his social media reach when he mounted his campaign for prime minister during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

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    Rakesh Chaubey
    Jun 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    When most of her blood came out of her 'whereever', the circulation to her brain got compromised.
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      mahesh
      Jun 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm
      Just shows how infirmed some journalist are..some modi haters may love this..fact is, he is one of most followed one on twitter..
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        buddhafooool
        Jun 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm
        most followed because bjpitcell creates fake accounts and likes his profile...if twitter removes all fake aacounts then see 4 yourself...modi will be nowhere in the top 50 followed leaders..blind.fools.
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          Rakesh Chaubey
          Jun 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm
          With stanis like you working on the other end to discredit and malign him, things get balanced overall.
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            Joydeep
            Jun 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm
            exactly . this is what is happening.
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          Truth
          Jun 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm
          It's a known fact that Modi doesn't tweet himself and all messages are made up by some personal istant, hence the reaction from Kelly.......What is the need to be so defensive ?
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            mahesh
            Jun 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm
            You mean to say Kelly knew about it, but still asked midi if he's on twitter? Joking right?
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              Truth
              Jun 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm
              Seriously, since Modi speaks only in Hindi and needs an English translator, Kelly knew that it was Modi's As-sistant who handled Modi's posts and not Modi himself !
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            sahil
            Jun 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm
            Kelly just showed bharatiya fuhrer his place. The Indian media portrays fuhrer as a worldwide star of twitter however in reality his followers are his Savarna supremacist voters which considering the huge population of bharat comes out to be a large number.
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              mahesh
              Jun 2, 2017 at 5:25 pm
              Somebody's jealous that no one follows pappu
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              sdas
              Jun 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm
              This is the liberal media company NBC and the prized journalist they acquired.....what an ignorant joke she is !
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                BhaktWithBrain
                Jun 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                Modi ki shakal hi aisi hai, choron wali. Reporter ki koyi galati nahi
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                  Parth Garg
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                  Even a casual off the cuff question has caused the 'Bhakts' to cry foul. It is height of intolerance.
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                    Citizen
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm
                    It is not that causal it is how knowledgeable the journalists and how much they are prepared before sho oting out an article to to lead/mis lead the readers that is what matters. In to days world it is easy to circulate fake news by even well established papers/channels. If this is the media you can well imagine how much readers/listeners are aware of the real facts. Any one living/visiting the nation knows best. Some people are blinded by their bonded laborer mentality to support only one side instead of taking sides on the basis of merit. Jaihind
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                      mahesh
                      Jun 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm
                      Maybe...maybe not..but why ate you commenting if it was not important
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                      Raj
                      Jun 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                      when one is followed by only BHAKTS or fake accounts, then it is but natural that Kelly would not know this.
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