Jharkhand Minister Hafizul Hassan caught a controversy on Thursday 28th April 2022 by issuing veiled communal threats through his remarks over minority and majority. He warned the government for what he called ‘messing with the minority’ and said that if the 30% population is disturbed, it is the remaining 70% that will suffer more.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and the minister of youth and sports affairs Hafizul Hassan said, “Whatever the Central government is doing against us will cause them equal damage. If we make up 30% of the population, you are 70%. If you shut down our businesses and homes, you too have 70% to lose.”
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jharkhand state unit president Deepak Kumar tweeted, “This is the real face of the Hemant Soren government. If the chief minister is courageous enough, he should ask the minister to resign.”
ये है हेमंत सरकार का असली चेहरा.— Deepak Prakash (@dprakashbjp) April 27, 2022
अगर मुख्यमंत्री जी में हिम्मत है तो इस मंत्री का इस्तीफा ले कर दिखाएं. pic.twitter.com/TGpS6WLnni
Hafizul Hassan is an MLA from Madhupur which falls under the Godda constituency of Lok Sabha. BJP leader Nishikant Dubey is an elected MP from this constituency. He tweeted, “Mr Chief Minister, your Minister Hafizul Ji has openly threatened the Hindus. Have you given a supari to the Minister? Your agenda of conversion and inciting religious sentiments is before the public. Hafiz Ji is an MLA from my Lok Sabha, and he will lose his deposits in the next election.”
मुख्यमंत्री @HemantSorenJMM जी आपके मंत्री हफीजूल जी ने हिंदुओं को खुले आम धमकी थी है बर्बाद करने की।क्या आपने मंत्री महोदय को सुपारी दे रखी है?आपके धर्मांतरण,धार्मिक भावना को भड़काने का एजेंडा जनता के सामने है।हफ़ीज़ जी मेरे लोकसभा से विधायक हैं अगला चुनाव इनकी ज़मानत ज़ब्त https://t.co/yuHjLHZ2Wu— Dr Nishikant Dubey (@nishikant_dubey) April 27, 2022
Hafizul Hassan also has a controversial background. In 2014, he was booked under Sections 409, 420, 120B, and 177 of the IPC for criminal breach of trust with respect to properties. In December 2021, when the union cabinet approved the raising of the minimum marriageable age of girls from 18 to 21, Hafizul Hassan had opposed this decision and had said, “Looking at the growth of girls nowadays, it should be reduced to 16, if not, then it should remain at 18.”
He also heads the minorities welfare ministry of the Jharkhand state government. Hafizul Hassan was also seen mourning the death of the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh even when he was alive and was just diagnosed with dengue.