Mulayam makes international move to counter desi dhobipachaad
Lucknow: It may just be a coincidence but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has reached the magic figure of One Million on his personal Twitter account amid speculation in the political circle that the international political strategist Gerald J Austin is being roped in by the Samajwadi Party to look after social media campaign in 2017 assembly polls in the state.
The rumour mills are working overtime suggesting that Austin had already given his nod to work for Akhilesh. Austin has been a 'revered' figure on the virtual platform as being the one who was hired by none other than the US President Barack Obama for his image in the last polls of the United States.
If this holds water then it might not be another coincidence that after a sudden leap in the popularity of Akhilesh on twitter was coupled with jump of few thousands on the official twitter handle of Chief Minister of UP.
Who is Gerald J Austin?
Austin is an election strategist who had worked for the image building of former American President Jimi Carter, Bill Clinton and also for Barak Obama.
He is the same man who had handled the PR for Narendra Modi in the last Lok Sabha elections.
Gerald is an advisor of the Democratic Party in United States.
As the grapevine suggests, the meeting between the two had first taken place in November last year. The youngest Chief Minister apprised him about the political scenario in Uttar Pradesh and Austin agreed to work for him but from the United States instead of camping in Lucknow or in India.
-- If it happens, the twitteratis may have to witness some fireworks on the social media ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.