Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the Year, beats other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential figure in 2016. According to TIME Magazine, Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed Sunday at midnight. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year will be announced on December 7, and is selected by TIME Magazine editors.
“He (Modi) placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange, who all received seven per cent of the “yes” vote. Modi was also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Mark Zuckerberg (2%) and Hillary Clinton (4%)."
It is for the second time that Modi has won the online readers’ poll for Time Person of the Year title, securing the honour in 2014, when he had got more than 16% of the almost five million votes cast.
On the poll results, the Time magazine said, "In recent months, Modi saw high approval ratings from Indians, according to a September Pew poll, and ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement. PM Modi has come under scrutiny recently for getting rid of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, impacting cash-based businesses and threatening India’s economy."
Poll host Apester analyzed the results and found that "preferences differ across the world and the United States." and PM Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey.
Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, the person or group of people who have had the largest global impact over the past 12 months. Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.