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Modi leads Trump, Putin in Time magazine's online poll

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Dion Global

29 Nov 2016

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading in an online poll of readers' choice for Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' in 2016 honour, as per the media reports.

The online poll has contenders like US President-elect Donald Trump, the outgoing US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the PTI report.

PM Modi is among the contenders for Time's 'Person of the Year' honour for the continuous 4th year.

The US publication bestows this honour every year to the one "who has most influenced the news and our world in the past year, for good or ill."

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

While each year Time's editors make the ultimate decision as to who from among world leaders, presidents, protesters, astronauts, pop icons and disrupters should be person of the year, it also asks readers to cast their votes and decide who they think most shaped a particular year.

Time said the reader poll is an "important window" into who they think most shaped 2016.

According to initial votes cast in the readers' poll, Modi is leading with 21 per cent voting in his favour. For a while, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had overtaken Trump for the lead in the online poll, getting 10 per cent of all the "yes" votes cast by participants, Time had said.

However, Modi has so far got 21 per cent votes, way ahead of Putin's 6 per cent, Obama's 7 per cent and Trump's 6 per cent. It remains to be seen if Modi will maintain his lead as votes polled may change by the time voting on the reader's choice poll ends on December 4.