New York: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today edged out other world leaders, artists and politicians as he was declared the winner of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year-Reader’s Poll and becomes most influential figure in the year 2016.
According to TIME, this year’s poll was in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson in which Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed on Sunday. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year will be announced on December 7th.
The Indian PM left several global persons behind like US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who all received seven per cent of the “yes” vote.
Modi was placed much ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2016 US presidential election Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).
The poll results was analysed by poll host Apester, which found that Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey.
Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’. Interestingly, 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.