Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the reader’s poll for the world’s most powerful person 2019 conducted by a leading British magazine.
Modi will feature on the cover page of July edition of British Herald Magazine which will be released on 15th July 2019.
More than 25 world leaders were nominated in the reader’s poll and four were selected for the final round by an expert panel.
The selection process was based on extensive study and research on all the nominees.
British Herald said that PM Modi defeated several world leaders and politicians to be declared the winner with 30.9% votes defeating contenders like Russia’s Vlamidir Putin, Donald Trump (US), and China’s Xi Jinping who got 29.9%, 21.9%, and 18.1% votes respectively.
Unlike the regular voting system, the British Herald readers had to vote through a mandatory one-time password (OTP) process to validate their vote.
British Herald had earlier featured Jacinda Ardern in May-June issue and Vladimir Putin in Mar-April issue.
His popularity became apparent with the BJP’s remarkable return to power after this year’s Lok Sabha elections where it bettered its 2014 performance.
On its own, the BJP managed to bag 303 seats. PM Modi is the first non-Congress PM to return to power.
Besides, schemes like Ayushman Bharat, Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna and Clean India scheme of building toilets all around the country had earned him remarkable support.
The Modi wave not only swept through the Hindi heartland and Gujarat, as was expected, but also rippled through West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Only Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh appeared untouched.
Even in Telangana, where it was expected to fare poorly, the BJP was ahead in four seats, the same as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.