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India election: Economic slowdown is a key issue

7 April 2014 Last updated at 03:18 BST

Over the next five weeks Indian voters will decide who will form the nation's next government.

The economy is an important issue for many of the 800 million people expected to vote.

The most recent figures, for the three months to December, showed the economy growing at an annual rate of 4.7%, down from 4.8% in the previous quarter.

That is a sharp slowdown from growth rates of nearly 8% seen two years ago.

Rico Hizon spoke to Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India at HSBC, and asked him what the new government needs to focus on.

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