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If I were prime minister: Shyama Devi

India will be holding elections over the course of one month from 16 April.

BBC News asked people from all corners of the world's largest democracy what they would do if they were prime minister.

SHYAMA DEVI, 54, HOUSEWIFE, PATNA, BIHAR

Shyama Devi
If given a chance to become prime minister I would try to put all the criminals and corrupt politicians in jail as per the law of the land.

Besides, I'd also create an environment with people's participation that only those with higher education and good qualifications can contest the poll.

After all, they would have to run a country of more than one billion people.

Next, I will take immediate steps to bring down the prices of essential commodities in the country.

Further I would make fervent appeal to the people to work for hygiene and cleanliness in the areas they live and move around in.

Pollution is another cause to worry about in most of the cities today which I would like to address on an urgent basis.

Lastly, being the prime minister I'd also like to start a fool-proof old age care and social system where the ageing people in India could feel safe and secure, both emotionally and physically."




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