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PM Narendra Modi among Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' contenders

PTI 20 Nov 2014, 17:46:41 PM IST

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among 50 global leaders, business chiefs and pop icons named as contenders by Time magazine for its annual 'Person of the Year' honour.

The Time 'Person of the Year 2014' will be announced next month and the publication said the title will be "bestowed to those who have, for good or for ill, most influenced the news and our lives in the past year".

Describing Modi as "once a controversial regional leader", Time said he became India's prime minister after leading his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a "landslide electoral victory on a platform of economic development".

Time has asked its readers to vote for the individual who they think should get the title of Person of the Year and the winner of the reader's choice poll will be announced next month before Time's editors choose the individual from the 50 candidates as the honouree.

Modi has so far got 3.8 per cent of the votes, the fourth highest after Russian President Vladimir Putin, teenage Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and Ebola doctors and nurses "who are risking their lives to treat and contain the outbreak in the hot zone".