NEW DELHI – Donald Trump, the US President-elect took the title of TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year on December 7, while the online reader’s poll for TIME selected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Person of the Year 2016 on December 4.

Modi bagged the title with 18% of the vote in comparison to his closest competitors, that included US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Julian Assange founder of Wikileaks, who secured 7% votes each.

The Indian Prime Minister was far ahead of other prominent contenders, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (2%) and US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (4%). Earning the honour back in 2014 this is not the first time Modi was awarded this title.

According to Time magazine, Modi had appeared on TIME’s cover in the year 2015 when the magazine had done an exclusive interview with him after he became the Prime Minister of India. He also featured on the magazine cover in 2012, when he served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

As per the results analysed by Apester, it was found that preferences differed across the world and the United States. Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters with 17% of “yes” votes in California and 12% in New Jersey.

While Modi supporters wished for their favourite leader to win the title, Donald Trump took the chair away repeating the US elections scenario. Indians upset with the decision slammed the magazine for naming Donald Trump as the Person of the Year, while many were relieved with the fact that at least Modi won the popular vote.

Every year the most influential person is selected by the US publication TIME, noting who have had the greatest global impact over the past year. Modi for the fourth year in a row was among the contenders for the Time’s Person of the Year honour.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ the previous year 2015. This year’s poll was conducted in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson, thereby assisting TIME editors to see how candidates were influential on the Internet.

– Bandana Singh, Correspondent (Asia: South)

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