Tuesday saw three new contenders in the first five positions with Pranab Mukherjee in No. 3 spot, N. Chandrababu Naidu in fourth position and Mayawati ranking fifth.
The G-20 summit and the PM’s meeting with Obama propelled Manmohan Singh to 27 per cent of print media coverage on Friday, leaving Varun Gandhi with a mere 6 per cent in second position. See graphics
Manmohan Singh remained solidly on top on Thursday thanks to the G20 summit but Varun Gandhi bounced back to second position after being displaced by Lalu Prasad on Wednesday. See graphics
Manmohan Singh surged ahead of Varun Gandhi in the top two rankings on Tuesday, with the print media’s focus on his meeting with Barack Obama in London on Thursday. See graphics
Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Barack Obama in London on April 2 and Varun Gandhi’s continuing tryst with the law saw both of them jointly in first position in Monday’s newspapers. See graphics
LK Advani’s Lok Sabha challenge to Manmohan Singh ensured top billing for the Prime Minister; and the lead-up to Varun Gandhi’s arrest drama kept him in the news. See graphics
For the first time, three leaders, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Mulayam Singh Yadav, have tied for the top spot. And AIAMDK chief Jayalalitha made it to the top 5 for the first time. See graphics
IPL, not politics, made Sharad Pawar the country's top newsmaker; and alliance politics kept Lalu Prasad in the public eye.
Political jolts make good reading any time, especially at election time. So, Lalu Prasad’s surprise package for Sonia Gandhi in Bihar found the two leaders topping the rankings on Sunday. See Graphics
The Congress-RJD split, ironically, gave Lalu Prasad huge mileage. And Rahul Gandhi made it to the top 5 newsmakers for the first time on Saturday. See Graphics
Sulking pays. Arun Jaitley’s patch-up-that-wasn’t with Rajnath Singh ensured top billing for him, even as Varun Gandhi’s tryst with infamy continued. See Graphics
Varun’s hate speech has transformed the forgotten Gandhi into the Venomous Gandhi. He even pipped Narendra Modi, the original rabble-rouser, to the top. See Graphics
The seat sharing agreement between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP boss Ram Vilas Paswan ensured they hogged maximum coverage. See Graphics