New Delhi, Feb 23: Gujarat’s minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja on Friday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could win only 99 seats in Assembly elections because butchers, bootleggers and those opposing the proposed triple talaq bill didn’t vote for the saffron party. Speaking in the Assembly on motion of thanks to Governor O P Kohli’s February 19 address to the House on the first day of the Budget session. While BJP managed to win 99 seats, Congress improved its tally by bagging 77 seats in state polls last year.

Jadeja said that butchers did not vote the party after the state government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani introduced anti-cow slaughter law.”I tell you who did not vote for us. It was those butchers who were angry with us for introducing a tough anti-cow slaughter law. It was bootleggers who were angry because the BJP government has introduced a tough prohibition law,” PTI quoted Jadeja as saying.

He added that Muslim voters also deserted the party on the issue of Triple Talaq bill. “Many school owners were unhappy because we brought a law to cap their fees. Those who were angry with the BJP government at the Centre for introducing a bill to protect Muslim women against triple talaq also did not give us votes. But, we are not bothered about them,” the minister said.

Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s incessant visit to temples during campaign, Jadeja said the move did not help the party in the elections.”Though a top Congress leader who never visited temples before visited so many temples ahead of the polls, it did not help the party to come to power in Gujarat,” added Jadeja.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Baldevji Thakor said, “the BJP is having a misconception that only Narendra Modi did Gujarat’s development and no other Chief Minister existed before him”.