#ie100: PM Narendra Modi remains the most powerful Indian, Rahul Gandhi at ninth spot

The list of most powerful Indians for 2016 is out.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2016 8:40 am
modi_rahul_759 Narendra Modi (left) and Rahul Gandhi

The Indian Express Power List, which ranks the 100 most powerful Indians, for the year 2016 is out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led his party the BJP to a landslide victory in the 2014 national elections, remains the most powerful Indian. Despite a slew of controversies around him, his popularity is unchallenged.

“…Despite the storm around him — the intolerance debate, the defeat in Bihar, the Rohith Vemula suicide, the JNU crisis — he remains the unchallenged No 1. Under Modi, the PMO has become the epicentre of all important, and some not-so-important, decisions, with the ministries often being bypassed,” the list says.

The impromptu decision the Prime Minister took to stop-over in Lahore on his way home from Afghanistan to meet Nawaz Sharif was considered a clever diplomatic move and surprised geopolitical scientists. The visit also opened a new channel of communication between the two countries.

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Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the RSS (the ideological fountainhead of the BJP), holds the second spot, very much an indicator of the influence of his organization on the present government.

See the full list here

“While Narendra Modi is seen to have complete Sangh backing, Bhagwat has ensured that the RSS maintains its distinct and larger identity as a flagbearer of Hindu pride,” the poll says.

While BJP chief Amit Shah occupies the third spot, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress President Sonia Gandhi covet the fourth and fifth spots.

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi among the list

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is at a distant ninth, although he has climbed up two spots. Although the Congress was washed out in Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party in March, come October, the party successfully piggy-backed on the popularity of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav to reap dividends in the state. In 2015, the Congress vice president was also seen to be much more active than previous years, leading agitations and protest marches and launching attacks against the government.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has not lost a single opportunity to attack the Centre, is at 8th spot and Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP chairperson who could go on to become Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman chief minister, has made it into the list.

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan make it to the list

Among sportspersons, Virat Kohli, the vice captain of the Indian cricket team, is at 42nd spot. Badminton player Saina Nehwal is at 84th spot and tennis star Sania Mirza is at 85th spot.

Among Bollywood actors, Salman Khan, who has had a troubled 2015 with the hearings in the 2002 hit-and-run case, is ranked 83rd. Actor Deepika Padukone is at 93rd spot and Priyanka Chopra at 98th spot.

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  1. R
    Ram reddy
    Feb 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    Proud to be strong supporter of TEAM MODI LONG LIVE MODI how come these PAPAU got 9th rank shame on this ITALIAN LOOTER FIT FOR NOTHING MF get lost from my country asap
    1. A
      Feb 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm
      Despite a slew of controversies around Mr Modi -- There is absolutely nothing controversial about Modi since he came to power. Repeating a lie 1000 times, by pseudo sickular pseudo liberal with their paid media chamchas, with the hope that, it may be percieved as truth, but, sorry guys, this is the era of social media, we get to read truth from genuine sources..so �$%^%^ off..
      1. A
        Feb 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm
        I want to know who all had the misfortune of rated under No.9
        1. A
          Feb 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm
          Rahul Vinci jee on 9th, my foot.., a man who has never ever in his life held an important responsible position..All he does is go somewhere, say something for political mileage and then scoot, never to be seen again in that place..Why does Ameti continue to be poor even after such a long period of representation ? can you answer that Rahul Vinci jee..
          1. I
            Feb 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm
            Rahul is the most powerful.... in the under 6 years of age category
            1. H
              Harry Achari
              Feb 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm
              1. Modiji, 3, Amitji 4, arunji. Are the best choice. Modiji stays unmatched who won heart of our people. But unfortunately I see some other useless names in the list ' Sonia and Rahul '. How can they enter the list? Did they bribe?
              1. M
                Feb 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm
                PM Modi along with is Team should be the only powerful Indian so people can breathe in peace.
                1. M
                  Feb 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm
                  There is only one eny who should be above Modi Team they are the people. As long as that space is respected Modi will remain power full torch bearer!
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