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.
MANJUNATHA MV, 29, SOFTWARE ENGINEER, BANGALORE
If I were prime minister I would promote the fast-paced economic development of our country through prudent economic policies.
This is necessary because there are many Indians still living under poverty.
I would have a vision for the country, a vision that stretches as far ahead as 2020 and 2050.
I would also promote e-governance at all levels to introduce transparency so corruption is removed and the government comes closer the people.
I would make education a basic right for every citizen and provide free education to girls in rural areas living under poverty.