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Finance Minister P Chidambaram voted Mantri No. 1 in IBN 7

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MUMBAI: Manmohan Singh led UPA government having completed half of its five-year tenure was indeed a noteworthy landmark. With the UPA government crossing the 30-month halfway mark of its tenure, IBN 7, CNN-IBN and ibnlive.com invited their viewers to vote for their favourite minister on 'Mantri No.1'. The results for the online poll are out and India's Finance Minister P Chidambaram is voted 'Mantri No. 1' of the Cabinet.

Viewers were invited to vote on www.ibnlive.com for their favorite ministers on the basis of their performance during this tenure. The online poll received an overwhelming response of over twenty thousand votes from across the country. The performance-based results rated the Union Finance Minister highest on the performance scale and picked him as the favourite among the 33 ministers in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad ended up as the second best choice, but Chidambaram led the race by a very comfortable margin.

The voters picked Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran as their third choice while External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee made it to the fourth slot. Commerce and Industries Minister Kamal Nath finished fifth. Kamal Nath narrowly beat his Cabinet colleague and Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal, who ended up on the sixth slot.

"The online poll conducted tries to ascertain the opinion of our viewers on the performance of their leaders. We strongly believe that the citizens of the country have the right to judge the performance of the decision makers. I am glad that viewers have appreciated our initiative and have voted generously." said Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7.

Our aim is to try and ascertain the opinions of our viewers on issues that are of national interest. Mantri No I is a valuable barometer to gauge the public mood. We are glad that our efforts have been duly appreciated and acknowledged by the viewers" added, Ashutosh, Managing Editor,IBN 7.

Some other ministers who featured in the survey were Kapil Sibal, Prem Chand Gupta, Ambika Soni, Kamal Nath, S Jaipal Reddy, Sharad Pawar, Ram Vilas Paswan etc.

 

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