Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister has won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the YEAR. He has Beaten other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential FIGURE. The magazine’s editors will decide the final Person of the YEAR on December 7. The online poll results CLEARLY shows Narendra Modi as winner.

Narendra Modi wins TIME Person of the Year 2016 reader's poll

Time also commented, “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.”

Narendra Modi was leading with around 18% votes as of Sunday midnight. The voting also closed on Sunday midnight. Modi won against other world leader such as Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange.The three runner ups received around 7% votes. Mark Zuckerberg (2%) and Hillary Clinton (4%) were also among choices.

Modi has been in the news lately. Issues such as ratification of Paris Climate Change Agreement as well as Demonetization as well as Surgical Strikes on Pakistan have been major news items related to him.

Modi received huge votes from India, California as well as New Jersey. Time said the reader poll is an “important window” into who they think most shaped 2016.

Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.

For the fourth year in a row, Prime Minister Modi is among the contenders for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ honour. The US publication bestows every year to the one “who has most influenced the news and our world in the past year, for good or ill”.

Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, noting, for better or for worse, the person or group of people who have had the largest global impact over the past 12 months. In partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson this year, TIME editors were also able to see how candidates were influential on the Internet.

The Person of the Year will be announced on December 7.


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