Prime Minister Narendra Modi topped the TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year Reader’s Poll on Monday. He had 18% of the votes when the polls closed on Sunday night, reported TIME magazine.
Modi beat United States President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. While Obama, Trump and Assange received 7% of the votes each, Clinton secured 4% and Zuckerberg received only 2% of the votes, the magazine added.
“In recent months, Modi saw high approval ratings from Indians, according to a September Pew poll, and ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement. 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,” TIME said.
This is not the first time the prime minister has been given this title. In 2014, following the General Elections, Modi had secured 16% of the almost five million votes cast. Poll results analysed by Apster found that Modi had performed well among Indian voters across the world.
This year’s TIME Person of the Year will be declared on December 7. Last year, it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.