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Rajasthan's Cow Minister of BJP Otaram Dewasi looses Assembly seat, people disenchanted with vote polarization gimmicks
Rajasthan's Cow Minister / Gaay Mantri Otaram Dewasi - the BJP candidate from Sirohi in the State Assembly - lost his seat in the just concluded Assembly elections. He fought election from Sirohi consistency in Pali district of the state and lost his seat to an independent candidate Sanyam Lodha by with a sizable margin of more than ten thousand votes.

In the prior to earlier state election, Dewasi, 48, was a police personnel in Rajasthan Police hailing from Mundara village. He was the first minister in charge of cow affairs holding the charge of 'Gaupalan Department' and is also credited for being the first minister of his own kind in India.

Dewasi used to dress himself as cowherd with red turban and ear rings. He had won the 2008 and 2013 elections as Bharatiya Janata Party candidate comfortably.

The winner had fought as an independent candidate. Sanyam Lodha who was denied a ticket by congress. He had won the 1998 and 2003 elections as the candidate of Indian National Congress.

It seems that the BJP's tactics of polarisation and consolidation of Hindu votes on hard Hindutaya and irrational nationalism cards has failed. The people have also fed up of the low level of political discourse and spreading of fake news.

There had been felt that the BJP has failed address the pressing issues related farmers, employment, education and healthcare. Increased privatisation of education and dismal quality of education in government schools and colleges has disenchanted people.

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