29 October, 2020

Miner Sins

All of Jharkhand was his stage, and Koda a major player. So, who rewrote the script?

jitender gupta
Miner Sins
outlookindia.com
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At one level, the life of Madhu Koda and the Rs 4,000-crore scam he allegedly scripted is a meteoric rags-to-riches story. At another, it is a complex web of intrigue involving mining contracts, hawala transactions and property deals. How did the 38-year-old Koda pull it off? Outlook brings you the man, his method and the politics behind Jharkhand’s biggest scam....

From Labourer To Chief Minister: In the early ’90s, the son of Rasika Koda was nothing more than a labourer in the iron ore mines of Chaibasa, 160 km from Ranchi. By 2000, he was contesting the Bihar assembly elections on a BJP ticket. In 2005, he was denied a BJP ticket, forcing him to contest as an independent. He won, and wrested the mines portfolio in return for supporting the Arjun Munda-led BJP government. A year later, he and a few other independents withdrew that support, reducing the BJP government to a minority. Subsequently, he became the state’s first independent chief minister with the support of the Congress, Laloo Prasad Yadav’s...

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