TIME readers poll gave him 18% vote

Indian PM Narendra Modi wins TIME Person of the Year 2016 - Readers Poll, beating Trump, Zuckerberg, Beyonce, Clinton

US PResident elect Donald Trump is Person of the Year 2016. But Indian PM Narendra Modi, who created history with his bold move of demonetization, won the TIME Person of the Year 2016 - Readers Poll. Modi beat 10 finalists including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, US President elect Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, singer Beyonce and British politician Nigel Farage in the audience poll. 

Indian PM Narendra Modi wins TIME Person of the Year 2016
Indian PM Narendra Modi wins TIME Person of the Year 2016

Modi won TIME person of the Year 2016 - Readers’ Poll after being ahead of all the others with 18% of votes. In comparison, Facebook’s Zuckerberg garnered 2% votes. According to TIME magazine, Modi performed very well among Indian voters as well as those (Indian diaspora) in California and New Jersey. Modi had also won the TIME readers’ poll in 2014.

TIME magazine’s Person of the Year is an annual issue of the magazine that features a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse...has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

In 2016, 11 influential people were named as contenders by the magazine. It includes:

  1. Indian PM Narendra Modi (WINNER - READERS' POLL)
  2. 45th US President elect Donald Trump (TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR 2016)
  3. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
  4. Russian President Vladimir Putin
  5. Gymnast Simone Biles
  6. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton
  7. CRISPR Scientists
  8. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  9. UKIP’s former leader Nigel Farage
  10. The Flint Whistleblowers
  11. Beyonce Knowles

“The Indian Prime Minister has guided his country’s economy into position as the “emerging-market world’s most positive story.” But he also “stoked concern when he unexpectedly banned 500- and 1,000-rupee bills— to curb untaxed wealth but now threatens to slow the country’s economic growth,” the magazine said about Modi.

Last year's TIME person of the Year was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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