Bhubaneswar: A Twitter group was formed specially to troll Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of Mahotsav of the state in Surat, Gujarat. They have hit upon an ingenious way to embarrass Patnaik wherein they deliberately misspell his name as Praveen.

There are no allegations, though. Rather, the tweets by this group are otherwise innocuous. They go to the extent of congratulating him for some or the other work. But, every time, the chief minister's name is misrepresented as Praveen Patnaik!

These are fake ID accounts, some Twitter bots are available now on rent. Those communicating in Odia on Twitter refer to them by the name 'Batasena', an Odia enunciation of "bot sena" (army of bots).

The 'Batasena' creates artificial trends during some big function of the state or its ruling party. One tweets; the rest in the group retweet the funny messages. Bots do it automatically. There is also a programmed proliferation of followers of these handles.
#Odisha Mahotsav Surat was part of the BJD's bid to publicise the 'achievements' of its rule elsewhere in the country. The said army of trolling bots seized the opportunity for their own 15 seconds of fame.