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.
ALI HUSSAIN, STREET VENDOR, 40, DELHI
I am a poor man, I have no job. Today I'm selling tobacco pouches, candies and hot tea from the footpath here but this is not my shop. It belongs to an acquaintance who has gone to his village and asked me to run it till he returns. I would like to have a shop like this.
If I become the prime minister of India, I will make sure that all the poor people like me can have small permanent shops so that they can earn a living. Poor in this country have no peace, no hope.
I will formulate schemes to help the poor, get the unemployed people jobs which pay well.
For people like me, rising food prices are a big worry. Inflation is killing us. The prices of wheat flour and lentils have hit the roof. The two main political parties - the Congress and the BJP - are useless.
But where is the alternative?