The weight of the 2019 general election hangs heavy on the list, with new faces coming in and old ones shooting up and down dependent on what they bring to the table.Take a look at the Express power list.
The Indian Express came up with a list of 100 most powerful Indians on Friday that ranged from politicians, cricketers to Bollywood actors
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah have again secured the top positions, number 1 and 2, in the ‘Indian Express Power list for 2017-2018’.
#26: Mehbooba Mufti, 58
J&K Chief Minister
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WHY: Stepping into the giant shoes of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and despite being stymied by an overpowering BJP in a coalition government, she has proved she is no pushover. She got the Centre to agree to amnesty to over 8,000 youth named in stone-pelting cases and sees the appointment of interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma as a political victory.
POWER PUNCH: She recently sacked powerful Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, in what was seen as a strong signal to the BJP.
WHAT NEXT: Can she keep walking the tightrope in her alliance with the BJP and deliver on governance as well?
#59: Ghulam Nabi Azad, 69
Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Ghulam Nabi Azad
WHY: The veteran, who has worked with four generations of Gandhis, remains central to the Congress’s plans, both inside and outside Parliament.
POWER PUNCH: Continues to frustrate BJP efforts in the Upper House.
WHAT NEXT: Will be key to Congress coalition building besides leading the Opposition charge as BJP emerges as single-largest party in Rajya Sabha.
#72: Omar Abdullah, 48
Working President, National Conference
WHY: His is the most potent voice against the PDP-BJP government in the state. Omar is also believed to have played an important role in father Farooq Abdullah’s return as MP from the prestigious Srinagar seat.
POWER PUNCH: His social media following ensures he is heard on all important debates.
WHAT NEXT: As the PDP-BJP government is seen to fritter away its mandate, Omar has to ensure the NC remains on track.
The Indian Express came up with a list of 100 most powerful Indians on Friday that ranged from politicians, cricketers to Bollywood actors.
As the third position is captured by Dipak Misra, chief justice of India there are people from the government or ruling party holding different ranks, faces from the opposition did not lag behind. Sonia Gandhi and Mamta Banerjee find themselves in the top 10 too.
Power of the opposition is seen as Mamta Banerjee, chief minister West Bengal, holds the sixth position being the most popular mass leader in West Bengal.
With his captaincy of Indian Cricket Team earning a rave review for winning 21 of 35 Tests, cricketer Virat Kohli has been ranked number 20.
Bollywood celebs also made it to the list with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan being placed as number 77 owing to his massive influence in film, television and social media. He is followed by superstar Rajnikanth at number 78 for his influence in films although he had turned to politics.
Deepika Padukone ranks ahead of Amir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan ranking at 79 in the list. She opened 2018 with the controversial magnum opus Padmaavat and at present is one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood.
Amir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh khan have been placed consecutively at 80, 81 and 82 number in the list.