Ranchi, Sept. 2: Minority affairs minister Haji Hussain Ansari of the JMM, whose name surfaced in the love jihad case involving Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan, today sympathised with estranged wife and shooter Tara Shahdeo by calling her Jharkhand ki beti and slammed BJP for playing politics.
At his official residence in Forest Colony, Doranda, Ansari told the media: “Tara kewal BJP ki beti nahi. Wah poore Jharkhand ki beti hai (Tara isn’t the BJP’s daughter only. She is Jharkhand’s daughter ).”
On the BJP’s cry for his resignation for knowing Kohli, Ansari said: “Whatever happened to Tara is unfortunate and what the BJP is doing is also unfortunate. The state has decided to hand the case to CBI. Any question (on resignation) should come after probe.
Kohli is in police remand for last four days. Tara has accused him of hiding his religious identity before their marriage and browbeating her to embrace Islam afterwards.
Ansari said he knew Kohli for a year. “About a year ago, he (the accused) introduced himself as Rakibul Hassan Kohli and said he works in the tree plantation sector. Kohli came to meet me three to four times before his marriage and I went to his flat (Belair Tower, Main Road) after his marriage.”
He denied helping Kohli earn Rs 1 crore through state plantation projects — a buzz lately doing the rounds.
Asked if he knew Tara was a Hindu, he said he did when he visited the couple.
“I was told the marriage was solemnised in Hindu and Muslim ways.”
His cabinet colleague and Congress MLA Geetashree Oraon of HRD, art, culture, sports and youth affairs portfolios, went to Tara’s Kishoregunj home today and offered her a job in the sports department as well as “all help for shooting practice for Olympics in 2016”.