Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be the most searched political leader in India this year, quite like 2018. There are some new entries though in the list of politicians topping the search lists.
Narendra Modi: For the second consecutive year, PM Modi is the most searched politician on the internet. Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to victory in the Lok Sabha elections held this year. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rode back to power with an even bigger mandate than 2014. (Reuters)
Mamata Banerjee: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee remained in news for locking horns with the central government over various issues. In February, the Trinamool Congress chief sat on a dharna against the CBI's move to raid the residence of then Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in ponzi scam cases. The tussle between Mamata and the Centre intensified after BJP made massive inroads in Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls winning 18 of the 42 parliamentary seats in the state. She has attacked the BJP over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment Bill).
Rahul Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi resigned as the Congress president after his party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. He won from the Wayanad seat in Kerala but lost from his family’s stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
Arun Jaitely: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away in August this year, was on the forefront of formulating the strategy for goods and services tax (GST). A BJP stalwart, he was one of the closest lieutenants of PM Modi. (Image: PTI)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: After years of speculation, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, took the political plunge this year. Vadra was appointed as the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) by her brother and then Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (Image: PTI)
P Chidambaram: P Chidambaram, a former Union finance and home minister, was arrested by the CBI in the INX Media money laundering case. He was granted bail after spending over 100 days in custody. Chidambaram and his family have alleged that the BJP’s “vendetta politics” was behind his arrest. (Image: PTI)
Amit Shah: Amit Shah is the Union home minister and widely regarded as the most powerful person in the central government after PM Modi. Shah played a key role in the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the amendment of the Citizenship Bill. He also played an important part in the BJP’s win in the Lok Sabha polls as party president. (Image: PTI)
Nirmala Sitharaman: Defence minister in the previous government, Nirmala Sitharaman is currently the finance minister of India. She has been in the news with the economy facing a slowdown. Sitharaman has announced several measures to boost growth but continues to draw flak from the opposition. (Image: PTI)
Navjot Singh Sidhu: It would be safe to say that Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former cricketer and Congress party leader, has been controversy’s favourite child. Sidhu made it to the headlines this year for his friendship with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. He had even attended the swearing-in ceremony of Khan as PM. Sidhu’s friendship with Khan meant that he was often the target of BJP, his former party. Sidhu was also criticized for hugging Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at a function. (Image: PTI)
YS Jaganmohan Reddy: YS Jaganmohan Reddy became the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh this year. Jagan Reddy’s party YSRCP trumped Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP in the assembly polls and also won a handsome number of Lok Sabha seats from Andhra. He is the son of former Andhra Pradesh CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy. (Image: PTI)