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10. Smriti Irani

Age: 41
Office: Textile Minister and Information & Broadcasting Minister
YIR: She won the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election in 2017 and was handed over the I&B Ministry in addition to the already existing Textiles Ministry portfolio which she was handling. After the HRD Ministry was taken away from her in 2016 during the cabinet reshuffle, Smriti has returned with a bang and is certainly looking in a position of great power.

Year In Review: Top 10 Political Newsmakers of 2017

It doesn’t take a genius to gauge who emerged the most loved personality of the year this year as was evident from the results of our Yahoo Poll. No prizes for guessing, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unanimously voted the most loved personality of the year. However, while the Bharatiya Janata Party dominated the political proceedings in the country in 2017 and steered the economy towards positive growth, there were game-changers from the Opposition parties as well who proved their mettle and enhanced their reputation.