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If I were prime minister: Ram Bai

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.

RAM BAI, FRUIT SELLER, 50, DELHI

Ram Bai
I have been selling fruits in Delhi's Connaught Place area for the last 35 years. I have a license but sometime the authorities still come and seize my goods.

Some of the other people like me who used to put up stalls here have been forced to leave. How are the poor supposed to live?

If I were to become the prime minister, I would give shops to all the poor. I will tell the police not to harass them.

I have five children. I earn 100 to 150 rupees a day from sales. If I were to work as a day labourer I would only make 50 to 60 rupees. How will I feed my family then?

The inflation is so high, wheat flour, rice and lentils are so expensive. How can the poor pay for them? The prices must come down. If I were the prime minister, I would work to bring down the food prices.




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