Who among these men and women will be calling the shots? And who will have the last word? CNN-IBN tracks down the potential kingmakers of Elections 2009.
Jayalalithaa is a woman who can evoke extreme emotions. She is hated by her rivals and loved by her cadres. She is both controversial and charismatic.
Manmohan Singh admits he is a politician by accident.
No one has practiced political kushti (wrestling) like the SP chief.
Find out how a boy from an affluent Sindhi family became a hardliner.
A woman's journey from a middle-class Italian family to India's first political family.
Rahul Gandhi is the heir to India's first political party.
Narendra Modi is the brightest hope for BJP in the future.
Nitish Kumar's air of quiet dignity conveys a sense of purpose.
Mayawati, herself a Dalit and raised in a slum, is a contender for the PM's post.
Laluism is all about easing tensions and winning enemies.
It's sheer ambition that keeps this 68-year-old going with a hectic life.