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BJP reduced to 99, Gujarat Minister blames butchers, those opposing triple talaq bill

Friday February 23, 2018 11:30 AM, & Agencies

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Gandhinagar: Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja while participating in a debate in the state assmebly Thursday blamed “butchers”, “bootleggers” and those opposing the proposed triple talaq bill for the poor show of the ruling party in the recent election.

“I (will) tell you who did not vote for us. It was those butchers who were angry at 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,” Jadeja told the Assembly, according to PTI.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had expected to win more than 150 of the total 182 seats. Amit Shah, the party president, had in fact launched with much fanfare his "Mission 150" ahead of the elections in Gujarat. The BJP's expected tally was not realistic owing to the fact that the party had won 26 of the total 26 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and also because Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah both belonged to Gujarat.

However, the party could won just 99 seats and somehow managed to retain power in the state. Political observers said note ban and poorly implemented Goods & Services Tax (GST), along with the party's anti poor policies were the reasons behind the party's debacle in Gujarat.

But, unlike the popular perception, the Gujarat Minister have found different reasons for his party's poor performance.

“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,” Jadeja said while responding to a dig by the Congress over the BJP's poor performance in the recently held state elections.

Interestingly, Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakur who vigorously campaigned against the BJP in the last election were also the reasons behind BJP candiadtes' defeat on many seats. Jadeja however declined to mention them.

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