Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won TIME’s Person of the Year award – Reader’s Poll, beating US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.
Time Magazine said he won with 18% of the vote when the poll closed on Sunday at midnight.
Modi has had a long-running presence on Time magazine ever since he came to power in 2014. He had first one the Time Readers’ Choice Poll in 2014 and then landed on the cover of the May 2015 issue.
He had also been voted 8th on the Person Of The Year poll in 2015.
This year, Modi won the award by an overwhelming margin and his competitors included outgoing American President and friend , Barack Obama, American President-elect, Donald Trump and Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. Others who were considered close competition included Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
This year is especially significant because of the prevailing discussion about demonetisation going on in India, some of which has been critical of PM Modi’s idea.