Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday formally announced joining Twitter for “speedy interactions” with the people.

“This is to inform you that BSP national president Mayawati has for the first time decided to join Twitter for speedy interaction with media and masses besides expressing her views on various issues of national and political importance through Twitter,” a statement released by the party read.

Her official Twitter handle is @SushriMayawati.

Mayawati joined Twitter on January 22 and her first tweet read, “Hello, brothers and sisters. With due respect let me introduce myself to the Twitter family.

Minutes after her welcome post she got thousands of likes. She has 9,759 followers, which is expected to increase after the official statement released by the former chief minister.

She has so far continued with her old style of politics including close door meets and one-on-one meetings with her party leaders and associates.

The 63-year-old leader has so far managed to maintain distance from social media.