Though not officially declared so, he was ahead at the closure of the poll on December 4 night. With 18 per cent readers voting in his favour, he was ahead of Obama, Trump and Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange (all received 7 percent vote), Hillary Clinton with 4 per cent and Mark Zuckerberg with 2 per cent vote.
Though editors of TIME will take a decision later this week, Modi emerged as the most influential figure in 2016 as per the online poll results. The editors said that the online poll provided an insight into who shaped 2016 the most.
If he wins it, it will be for the second time that Modi will lift the Time Person of the Year title, after 2014. He is among the challengers for the fourth straight time.
The clinching moment for Modi was when he suggested during a BRICS summit in Goa that Pakistan is the mothership of terrorism.
Among the contenders this year are US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimiar Putin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Chief James Comey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping.