RANK 21: JAGAN REDDY, 41
President, YSR Congress
Rank (2013): 36
As perhaps the most popular political leader in Andhra Pradesh, he holds all the aces for the general elections. His YSR Congress Party is expected to sweep the Assembly elections in Coastal and Rayalaseema districts and perform better than the Congress and TDP in the Lok Sabha elections. He is also expected to play a key role in the formation of the next government at the Centre.
The proposed new state of Telangana has confined him to coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema but he poses a formidable challenge to the Congress and TDP. Leaders from other parties are making a beeline to join his YSR Congress Party.
Trends indicate that his YSR Congress Party is expected to perform well in the 2014 general elections.
BY THE WAY
He has a personal videographer — Vamsi Krishna, a cameraperson with Sakshi TV — who records every moment of Jagan’s
RANK 22: MULAYAM SINGH YADAV, 74
President, Samajwadi Party
Rank (2013): 10
As leader of the third largest party in the Lok Sabha, Mulayam has added weight with his party ruling the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
Mulayam was acquitted from a disproportionate assets case after the CBI told the Supreme Court that there was no evidence to make out such a case against him and his two sons.
With the Congress downhill, the SP chief envisages regional parties gaining ground and expects the SP to play a crucial role in government formation after the Lok Sabha elections.
BY THE WAY
A former bantam weight wrestler, aggressively secular and yet a Hanuman bhakt.
RANK 23: CYRUS PALLONJI MISTRY, 45
Chairman, Tata Group
Rank (2013): 50
Having completed one year as the chairman of the largest diversified Indian business group, Mistry demonstrated a smooth leadership transformation and had a steady start. He also built a young team of his own during the year that may last with him during his tenure as the chairman of the group.
In his first year, he led the group to make its second entry into the aviation sector in alliance with Singapore Airlines and also entered into a joint venture with Tesco for multi-brand retail.
While the domestic operations of Tata Motors need a closer look, steel, power and telecom businesses also need attention.
BY THE WAY
He is a foodie and also enjoys reading books on business.
RANK 24: PRIYANKA VADRA, 42
Rank (2013): 11
Because she is the biggest influence on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Even mother Sonia Gandhi turns to her for vital political inputs. Although her political activities are confined to their Lok Sabha constituencies, she has started playing a much larger role behind the scenes in formulating the party’s campaign strategy.
The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.