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Indian Politicians Are Dominating the TIME 100 Poll

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With some three weeks left in the nation’s marathon election, Indian politicians are dominating the top of TIME’s poll to determine the 100 most influential people in the world. As of Monday evening in New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was leading the poll with the highest percentage of “yes” votes, followed by pop star Katy Perry in second, and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for prime minister Narendra Modi in third.

The power of Modi’s polarization was on also display in the poll, which is not, for the record, any reflection of how voting is going in India. At of Monday evening, about 213,000 people had cast a “yes” or “no” vote for Arvind Kejriwal, while more than 431,000 had voted online for Modi. Modi had a greater percentage of “no” votes than any other influential in the running, beating out both Katy Perry and Justin Bieber for naysayers.

Each year, TIME publishes an editor-curated list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Before the issue comes out, TIME runs an online poll where readers can cast their vote for to where politicians, actors, musicians and athletes should rank on the list.

The top of the poll has otherwise been dominated by the entertainment industry figures. After Kejriwal and Modi, Egyptian military commander Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was the next world figure on the list, ranking No. 13 in percentage of “yes” votes. Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi, with about 37,000 reactions, ranked much lower on the list, after Kim Kardashian and Megan Ellison. Voting closed April 22 and the winner of the online poll will be announced on April 23.

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