Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 31-40

See who is placed where this year. See who is placed where this year.
Express News Service | Posted: March 13, 2014 5:42 pm | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:45 am

RANK 31: SIDDARAMAIAH, 65

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Chief Minister, Karnataka

(New on the list)

WHY
An OBC leader, he is key to creating a coalition of the backward, Dalit and minority communities for the Congress in Karnataka.

POWER PUNCH
In a party bereft of OBC leaders, Siddaramaiah, who has a clean personal record, is important in deciding the fortunes of the party in the Lok Sabha polls.

WHAT NEXT
A good performance for the party in the state is bound to increase his stock in the Congress.

BY THE WAY
He had to mortgage his house to fund his election campaign in 2004.

RANK 32: UDDHAV THACKERAY, 53

uddhav

President, Shiv Sena

Rank (2013): 53

WHY
Bearer of Bal Thackeray’s legacy and as the head of the Shiv Sena, he heads the fourth largest political party in Maharashtra.  He is holding the party together after his father’s death.

POWER PUNCH
What he lacks in oratory skills, he more than makes up for it in his organisational skills.

WHAT NEXT
Formerly the dominant partner in the Sena-BJP alliance, this will be the first time that the Shiv Sena will be forced to take a back seat. Plans to regain his clout by targeting to win more than the 11 seats that his party bagged in the 2009 Lok Sabha.

BY THE WAY
He’s an avid photographer.

RANK 33: VASUNDHARA RAJE, 60

scindhia

Chief Minister, Rajasthan

(New on the list)

WHY
Led the BJP to a thumping victory in the assembly polls for the second time. Bagged a record 163 of the 200 seats in Rajasthan.

POWER PUNCH
She silenced dissenters within the party, and made it clear that she would lead from the front. She stepped down from the post of Leader of Opposition in the assembly, took over as the party state president and led an 80-day statewide tour.

WHAT NEXT
She has launched Mission 25, hoping to win all 25 parliamentary seats in the state.

BY THE WAY
Raje is fond of old family photos and owns a large collection of rare pictures. Stacks of albums with black and white pictures of her ancestors lie in her study in Jaipur.

RANK 34: DEEPAK PAREKH, 69

deepak

Chairman, HDFC Ltd

Rank (2013): 42

WHY
The man for all seasons, Delhi’s policymakers value his feedback. He chairs several government panels, including the High Level Committee on Infrastructure Financing, and is on the board of some of the largest companies.

POWER PUNCH
Not only is HDFC one of the leading housing financiers but HDFC Bank is the second largest private sector bank in the country. Parekh has also shot into limelight for his stand against corruption.

WHAT NEXT
Modi takes him very seriously and he may get a key role on economic policy in a Modi government.

BY THE WAY
A compulsive problem solver, his eyes light up the moment somebody presents to him his problem.

RANK 35: MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI, 32

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