Kejriwal, NaMo Top Time.com’s Readers’ Poll Results
Like every year, TIME magazine opened it’s poll for the 100 most influential people around the globe. People’s voting results were out a few days back and Arvind Kejriwal took the poll position while Narendra Modi trailed for the second spot.
The polls were conducted to allow TIME magazine’s readers to vote on the people who influence them. The final list is however chosen by the editors by keeping other circumstantial facts in consideration. However, the reader’s choice list is up on their site, TIME will announce the editors’ choice list on Thursday.
During the voting phase, 3.2 million votes were cast. The YES votes were taken in count for ranking. Arvind Kejriwal, leading the anti-corruption movement in India for the last few years bagged almost 15% of the YES votes (and ~ 7% of the NO votes).
Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, who is also considered the frontrunner in the ongoing polls, took the second place, although, bagged more NO votes than YES.
The only other notable Indian name in the top 100 list was of Rahul Gandhi (40). Newly appointed, India born, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella was at 103 on the list.
The top 10 influential people on the list apart from Kejriwal and Narendra Modi were singer Katy Perry, teen singer Justin Bieber, actor Laverne Cox, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, singer Beyoncé, actor Jared Leto, actor Lupita Nyong’o, singer Lady Gaga and music duo Daft Punk.
However, TIME in their announcement, mentioned about “attempts to inflate” the poll. They also remarked about removing the fakes, the results in a way look bloated. While Justin Bieber and Cox were leading the list previously this week, the votes for Modi and Kejriwal combined had outnumbered all the rest. Thankfully due to the outstanding last day surge of thousand-votes-a-minute made them the clear winners.
Indian American Muslim Council has also demonstrated how to automate casting fake votes in the poll. They have also called upon the editors to remove the Indian politicians from the list. Narendra Modi, who was previously reported buying billboards (to commend his TIME poll win) and fake Twitter followers.
The final TIME list is yet to get out and we will wait to see whether Aravind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi still retain the title or not.