In pics: Top 10 most popular politicians of 2013

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New Delhi, Dec 12: As the year 2013 has entered in its last stage, it is important to note that this year has been full of 'surprises and suspenses' in terms of political developments.

The recently held assembly elections in five states strengthened the BJP's confidence as it bounced back with power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

On the other hand, it dashed the hopes of the Congress as it could hold power only in one state- Mizoram. In the national capital Delhi, the political drama is yet to be unfolded as no party got the clear majority. Now, it is quite apt to say that the Delhi's fight for power is between the Arvind Kejriwal-led- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP.

Kejriwal's nine-month old AAP not only successfully managed to topple the three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit but also created a situation where the BJP that won 32 seats out of 70 assembly seats is struggling to form the government.

Kejriwal's entry into politics, in an attempt to wipe out corruption and bring Jan Lokpal Bill has led to a revolution and has also given politics a 'clean image' tag with its stellar performance.

Arvind Kejriwal's way of connecting with the common people has reminded many of the 2001 Bollywood film "Nayak: The Real Hero" starring actor Anil Kapoor where he becomes chief minister for a day and brings about lots of improvements and quickly becomes an idol in the people's eyes.

Here's lets take a look at the top 10 politicians of 2013 who were in the limelight for the 'right reasons':

Arvind Kejriwal- The King maker

Arvind Kejriwal's way of connecting with the common people has reminded many of the 2001 Bollywood film "Nayak: The Real Hero" starring actor Anil Kapoor where he becomes chief minister for a day and brings about lots of improvements and quickly becomes an idol in the people's eyes.

Narendra Modi- The Nation's choice!

From Gujarat's Chief Minister to the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, NaMo has emerged as the top most popular politician of the year.

With a knack for development, Modi has given a 'ray of hope to the millions of Indians.



Shivraj Singh Chouhan- Son of the soil

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan joined the BJP's elite 'hat-trick club' of chief ministers by retaining the power with the party by emerging as the winner with majority in the 230 assembly seats state.

Chouhan's "son of the soil image' and his extensive "Jan Ashirwad Yatra" brought him closer to the victorious crown.





Rajnath Singh- The Humble Hero!

The BJP president Rajnath Singh remained at the helm of affairs during the election campaigning in the five poll-bound states.

With many responsibilities at his shoulders, Singh performed his role in a very commendable and appreciable manner.

Even during infighting within the party, Singh managed to keep the party united and reach at consensus on many key issues.

Dr Raman Singh- The Silent Performer

Dr Raman Singh took oath as the chief minister of  the naxal- affected state of Chhattisgarh for the consecutive third time on Thursday.

Under his leadership, the BJP won 49 seats out of total 90 seats that went to assembly polls in two phases, to secure comfortable majority.

He is fondly called as 'Chawal Wale Baba' (the rice God) by the state's people.


Vasundhara Raje- The 1st woman CM of Rajasthan

Vasundhara Raje, the former CM of Rajasthan, once again bloomed the Lotus in the deserts of Rajasthan by toppling the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government.

60-year-old Raje, who belongs to the royal Scindia family of Gwalior and married in Rajasthan, has been elected to the state assembly thrice and five times to Lok Sabha.

Raje became Rajasthan's first woman chief minister in 2003 when the "angrezi-speaking maharani", a phrase used by her critics to refer to her elitist and royal background, led BJP to its most famous victory in the predominantly rural state.


Mamata Banerjee- WB's Messiah!

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief is the woman with commitment to the people of her state.

The two-time railway minister and presently the CM of West Bengal since 2011, Didi, as she is popularly known as, parted ways with the UPA government.

Recently, she said that an anti-Congress wave is sweeping the country.



Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy-The Andhra saviour!

40 year-old YSR Congress chief, Jagan Mohan Reddy grabbed media headlined by his vocal protest against the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation.

He had to spent 16 months in Chanchalguda jail following reports of disproportionate assets.

During state by-elections, Jagan won by the huge margin of 545,043 votes from the Kadapa constituency.

On Telangana, Jagan has said that this was the first time when a new state was being created without a resolution from the state Assembly.

Nitish Kumar- Bihar's Real Hero!

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given his state a developed and corruption free governance.

In 2013, he broke off 17 year old alliance of JD (U) and BJP. NItish has been denanding the special status for Bihar for a while now.

B S Yeddyurappa- The 'suspense' holder!

The former chief minister of Karnataka and the KJP chief, B S Yeddyurappa has been in the news throughout the year, because of his unending political dramas.

His exit from the BJP gave Congress a chance to come to power in Karnataka.

After Modi's appoinment as the BJP's PM candidate, Yeddyuraapa has given many hints of a possible merger with the BJP, but nothing has come clear yet.

Only, he knows, what's on his mind next!

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