Summer 2019 witnessed the much-hyped parliamentary elections in India. The Country is rejoiced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s record-breaking win over all his acquaintances.
Truly quoted, “The measure of a Man is what he does with Power”. Power comes to Politicians from their designation, but influence is attained by using that power in the most righteous sense.
Here we have curated a list of 10 such most influential Political Figures of India in 2019. Their actions speak way louder than their words.
1. Narendra Modi
Yet again, with the historic win in 2019 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi tops our list of the most influential political figures. Be it Demonetization, GST, or Surgical Strike in PoK, the BJP leader is renowned for his honest opinion and strict decisions since his first stance in 2014.
His unmatched efforts on international level have brought India to share amicable friendship and profitable partnership with a number of nations across the world. Moreover, the goverment launched numerous schemes under his reign that intend to raise Indians’ economic standards and make India altogether an economic superpower.
To sum up, the Modi-wave, set about in 2014 continued to strive in the country leading to Modi-Tsunami in 2019.
2. Amit Shah
Another most influential political leader is the President of BJP, Amit Shah, rightly called the Left Hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Master Election Strategist has BJP’s comprehensive 2019 victory in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, and the very first time in Manipur, to his credit.
Popular with the name ” The Chanakaya” he brought BJP in front in many weak places through his endless organizational skills. Additionally, his idea of bringing Yogi Adityanath as the selected candidate for the chief minister of UP is worth acknowledging.
Currently presiding as Minister of home Affairs, he held over 12 portfolios at the same time, once in the history of Gujarat.
3. Arun Jaitley
The former Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley is one of the most influential political leaders. Acclaimed for his negotiation to bring the GST bill in action, he worked hard for continued growth of Indian Economy.
Mr Jaitley genuinely takes the credit for the introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). His amendments have paved the way for resolving insolvencies and tackling Non-Performing Assets (soured loans).
Moreover, the real estate bill, establishment of monetary policy committee and the current GDP rate of 7.2 percent are some major accomplishments under his rule as the Indian Finance Minister.
4. Sushma Swaraj
One of The most popular and reachable ministers on social media, one of the most Senior leaders of Indian politics, the powerful speaker, Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj certainly finds a place in our list of most influential political figures of India.
A 7 times MP and Former Supreme court lawyer, Swaraj is confined with top portfolios of the Union Cabinet. The Flagbearer of Indian Diplomacy around the world, she is revered for her unprecedented work. Commendable was her role in the global level rescue operations of Indian and other nationals from war zone in Syria and Yemen, earthquake in Nepal etc.
A mother figure among fellow Indians, Swaraj established herself as one of the most sought out Speaker known for her orating skills, be it as an Indian parliamentarian or representing India at the prestigious United Nations. In 2019, she declared herself not contesting Lok Sabha elections along with inability to hold cabinet position due to health issues.
5. Nitin Gadkari
Presiding over the office as the current Minister of Road Transport & Highways since the first term of Narendra-Modi led BJP Centre government, Nitin Gadkari is one of the most influential political figures of 2019. Additionally, he is handling the portfolio of the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Mr Gadkari had built 9,829 km of roads during the FY 18 and quadrupled the profits from the major ports. Pushing the Architectural vision for India in the right direction, Mr Gadkari is one key minister of Modi Government.
Moreover, the Mumbai-Goa Highway and Delhi-Meerut Expressway are some of the notable projects under construction that Mr. Gadkari envisioned.
6. Raj Nath Singh
A Country like India which is highly diversified, a several hundred communities and languages, the requirement of a Strong Inclusive Home Affairs Ministry naturally emerges. Hence, our former Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh comes into foray.
A Veteran politician, Former BJP President and 19th Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, recently took over Defence Ministry in hand. The now 3 times Union Minister, Rajnath Singh has played pivotal role in managing country’s most burning issues like Kashmir in the most efficient and effective manner. With his vast experience as a statesman he is all set to lead the defense forces to a new height.
7. Nirmala Sitharaman
The first ever woman to hold the full-time portfolio of Defense Ministry in 2014 and the Mighty Finance and Corporate Affairs ministry in 2019, Nirmala Sitharaman is one powerful Indian political figure who paved into the top notch of the Indian politics in the last decade.
A Masters in Economics, a Research Scholar and M Phill, Sitharaman started active politics in 2006. In a span of less than a 10 years she was given the position of Minister of State (independent charge ) for Industry & Commerce followed by Finance and Corporate affairs in the year 2014. Post Manohar Parikar’s inability to serve as Defense Minister due to health issues, Sithraman took over the Defense Ministry like a pro. Her strong and powerful speech on the “Rafael Deal” at the parliament confirmed the opponents her stature of an unchallenged and courageous leader.
Moreover, entrusted with the most powerful yet challenging Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs, she did not even contest for the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.
8. Sonia Gandhi
Firstly, coming out from her foreign origin allegations to reviving the India’s oldest Political Party and putting it back in the power for 2 consecutive terms 2004-2009 and 2009-2014 brings Sonia Gandhi to mark a place in our list.
The UPA chairperson, has recently taken over the presidentship of the Indian National Congress from her Son, post terrific defeat in Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Sonia Gandhi worked hard lurking behind the scene for bringing many opposition parties together to stand against Narendra Modi led BJP government. However, the efforts were probably not enough to earn a 1.3 Billion people’s trust.
9. Mamata Banerjee
Popularly known as Didi, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is another most influential political figure in 2019. Banerjee founded the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) party in 1997. Ever since she presided as Supremo of the party which got into Power in 2011.
She carries the whole sole responsibility of bringing out TMC as the fourth largest party in Lok Sabha. Known for her vicious and bold comments, Mamata is one of the biggest critics of the Modi Government.
Additionally, she has won accolades for her social welfare scheme Kanyashree.
10. Rahul Gandhi
Looking after the functioning of the grand-old party, Rahul Gandhi is a political figure who is yet to establish his mark. Influential in his own way, his political career is actually a roller-coaster ride.
After several defeats blew him off his feat, victory in Punjab is a source of relief to the young leader.
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