For Mukarram, the advent of new political parties is of little use. His calculations that demand for horse-driven chariots would go up this poll season went wrong. Barring one person, hardly any politician has chosen to gallop his way into the hearts of voters on a horse-drawn chariot this time.
“During last elections (2009), I made a brisk business, especially during the foray of the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP). I was flooded with orders. But, there is hardly any taker this time,” he says.
Referring to the last election experience, Mr. Mukarram said chariots and horses were sent to far off places. “In fact, we were hard pressed to manage the flooding orders. We could not even give needed rest to horses. We expected the same to repeat this year. But, it appears the contestants are not keen on pomp and gaiety, probably due to the strict model code of conduct,” he says.
So far, the chariot was used by only one candidate in Tenali for filing nomination in civic polls. Apart from that there were no takers. There are no enquiries despite heavy political activity in the city owing to the civic polls, ZPTC/MPTC and general elections, he says.
Mr. Mukarram, who resides near Tadepalli in Guntur district, owns three chariots and 13 horses.