Ruling BJP's bid to capitalise on cow politics fails to reap dividends

A charred vehicle that was set on fire by a mob during a protest in Bulandshahr district in India's Uttar Pradesh this month. The strong rejection of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been interpreted as an indication that existential issues, suc
A charred vehicle that was set on fire by a mob during a protest in Bulandshahr district in India's Uttar Pradesh this month. The strong rejection of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been interpreted as an indication that existential issues, such as unemployment and agrarian distress, took precedence over religious mobilisation in the state polls last week.PHOTO: REUTERS

Party loses even in areas where Hindus - who revere the cow - make up most of population

Did vigilantism in the name of cow protection put off Hindu voters?

It is a question many in India are asking, following the conclusion of state elections in five states, especially Rajasthan, last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'Ruling BJP's bid to capitalise on cow politics fails to reap dividends'. Print Edition | Subscribe