Karnal: It's election time in Karnal and one witnesses traffic jams because of rickshaws and tempos campaigning for different parties and carrying forward the message of candidates.
One such rickshaw puller is Sanjan Kumar who spreads the message of Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnal constituency of Haryana. Even though BJP candidate Manohar Lal Khattar is addressing public meetings and rallies throughout the day, Kumar goes around the constituency carrying loud speakers and hoardings on his rickshaw and urging people to vote for the party.
Kumar, who is just 16 and so not eligible to vote, says, "I have been working for the BJP for the past seven days and will continue with it till elections. I get Rs 300 per day and food as well at the BJP office."
When asked why the message is only about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kumar said, "Even I asked party to include Khattar in the message but no one listened to me."
Kumar starts his work at 8 AM and goes around Sector 13, Mall Karnal and Bus stand till 6 PM. "There are 18 such rickshaws," he added.
Even though he cannot vote in this election, according to him Khattar will emerge victorious.
While Kumar carries around BJP's message, one sees and hears other rickshaw pullers in Karnal carrying messages like 'Haath, haath, haath' (hand for Congress), 'Matka, matka, matka' (pot for Independent) and 'chashma, chashma, chashma' (spectacles for INLD).