It has raised objections to the decision meant to counter Bharatiya Janata Party's high-tech 'raths' (vehicles). "We have approached the Election Commission and demanded it to stop the RJD plan," PETA India chief executive officer Poorva Joshipura said.

PETA added the move is also against the 2012 advisory of the Election Commission that asks political parties to refrain from using animals for political campaigns. Last month, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief announced that he will flag off the horse carts, locally known as 'Tum Tum', for campaigning to reach out to the poorest of the poor.

He cited the carts are ideal for the state's dusty and rough roads and that they will help save money on petrol and diesel. "We don't have funding from the rich. So, the RJD has decided to use horse power to defeat the BJP's machine power," Prasad said, targeting the BJP. Dozens of Tum-Tums will be used by our party for campaigning in each constituency. Elections to the 243-seat Bihar assembly are likely to take place in October-November.

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