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Modi Beats Trump, Clinton and Obama at the Polls

Time magazine said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won its online readers’ poll which contributes to its selection of its person of the year.

Mr. Modi beat U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama to win 18% of the vote.

He also beat Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Mr. Modi last month unleashed chaos in the South Asian nation with a surprise announcement high denomination notes would be replaced.

The Indian leader has touted the move as a bid to uncover untaxed income and get the country’s vast swathes of people that never use banks to engage with the formal financial system.

Opposition politicians say the move, which resulted in a cash shortage and long queues at banks and ATMs, was badly planned and disproportionately affected the poor.

That doesn’t seem to have deterred voters in the Time poll.

Time said that analysis of the results showed that Mr. Modi got clicks from Indian voters and people in California and New Jersey.

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(via WSJ)