Modi, Kejriwal among 100 most influential people


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have been voted among the 100 most influential people in the world in an online poll by readers of Time magazine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged the winner of this year’s Time 100 readers’ poll. He edged out rapper-singer CL to claim the number one spot with 6.95 per cent of the votes in the final tally.

Pop stars Lady Gaga (2.6 per cent), Rihanna (1.9 per cent) and Taylor Swift (1.8 per cent) rounded out the top five.

While the official list of the 100 most influential people in the world will be announced later this week,Time editors had asked readers to cast their vote online for people from politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields who “changed the world this past year, for better or worse.”

Mr. Modi, however garnered just 0.6 per cent of the votes cast, with only 34 per cent of the people voting in his favour and 66 per cent against.

Mr. Kejriwal got 0.5 per cent, with 71 per cent voters saying he should not be in the list.

BJP president Amit Shah was also on the initial list but failed to garner enough votes to make it to the top 100.

Other winners include Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actress Emma Watson, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Pope Francis, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Chinese President Xi Jinping, rapper Kanye West, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer.

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