Madhu Koda was sworn in as the fifth Chief Minister
on September 18, 2006 and remained in office until he resigned on 23 August 2008. Shibu Soren took office after him. There were eight ministers in his cabinet. Koda happened to be the third independent legislator to take the office of chief minister, including Bishwanath Das in Orissa
in 1971 and S. F. Khonglam in Meghalaya
in 2002. Koda is currently in jail after multiple bail pleas have been turned down.
Personal Life of Madhu Koda
Madhu Koda was born on January 6, 1971 at Patahatu in West Singhbhum. Koda, a graduate, began his career as a social activist, hailing from a tribal farming community. His father is Rasika Koda, a tribal farmer, who lives in Patahatu. Koda plunged in to politics before he completed his matriculation with the All Jharkhand
Students Union. Koda faced several hurdles in his political career. In due course he became associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS). From Jaganathpur as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP
) candidate, he won in the 2000 Assembly elections. Madhu took office at Ministry of Panchayati Raj in the government under the Chief Minister ship of Babulal Marandi.
Political Career of Madhu Koda
The BJP denied Koda a ticket during the 2005 Assembly Elections in Jharkhand, he contested as an Independent candidate as. However he contested independently from Jagannathpur and won the seat. By over ten thousand votes, he defeated his nearest rival from the Indian National Congress
. Koda agreed to support a BJP-led government (led by Arjun Munda) and took the responsibilities as the Minister of Mines and Geology.
Madhu and three other independent legislators in September 2006 withdrew support to the Munda government, bringing it into the minority. In the accompanying period, the opposition United Progressive Alliance decided on him as consensus candidate to become Chief Minister. Madhu Koda resigned from the Post of Chief Minister due to several allegations of corruption and paved way for Shibu Shoren as Chief Minister of Jharakhand. Madhu Koda is presently in jail after a high level corruption was exposed against him while he held the office of chief minister in the state of Jharkhand.