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India's 1st cow minister among 13 of 19 Raj ministers who lost

Source: PTI
December 11, 2018 21:24 IST

IMAGE: Rajasthan Gaupalan Minister Otaram Dewasi. Photograph: Kind courtesy @otaramjidewasi/Twitter

As many as 13 of 19 ministers in the outgoing Vasundhara Raje government have lost the assembly elections in Rajasthan, including Gaupalan (cow) Minister Otaram Dewasi, as results and trends brought electoral reverses for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Dewasi, an MLA form Sirohi, is the country's first cow minister.

However, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her five cabinet colleagues have won their respective constituencies.

Raje (Jhalrapatan), Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (Udaipur), Education Minister Vasundev Devnani (Ajmer North), Women and Child Development Minister Anita Bhadel (Ajmer South), Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore (Churu) and Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari (Rajsamand) have retained their respective seats.

 

The chief minister won the Jhalrapatan seat with a margin of 34,980 votes by defeating her nearest rival and Congress leader Manvendra Singh, the son of veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

She had won the seat in 2013 elections with a margin of 60,896 votes.

Apart from Dewasi, other ministers who lost the elections are: Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini (Anta), Food & Civil Supply Minister Baboo Lal Verma (Baran-Atru), Revenue Minister Amra Ram (Pachpadra), Tourism Minister Krishnendra Kaur (Nadbai), Housing and Urban Development Minister Srichand Kriplani (Nimahera).

Also among those who lost are Water Resources Minister Rampratap (Hanumangarh), Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi (Civil Lines), Industries Minister Rajpal Singh (Jhotwara), Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh (Degana), and Transport Minister Yoonus Khan (Tonk).

Khan lost the Muslim-dominated seat of Tonk to Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot with a margin of 54,179 votes. He was the only Muslim candidate fielded by the BJP in the state.

PHED Minister Surendra Goyal (Jaitaran) and Devsthan Minister Rajkumar Rinwa (Ratangarh) had turned rebel after the BJP denied them ticket and they contested the elections as Independents.

Both have lost their respective seats.

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